In Memoriam

Sadly, long-time Cabbagetowner Nancy White has died. We learned of her passing in Doug Fisher’s blog where he wrote the following:
Image of Nancy White
Nancy White died recently from the lingering effects of a stroke she suffered several years ago. She loved Cabbagetown – she lived at 340 Carlton for twenty years from 1985 to 2004. She was an active volunteer with Friends of Riverdale Farm. She went to step class with Brenda McNee who remembers her glorious front garden and her strong opinions. She liked to sit in the window at Jet Fuel and to shop at Daniel et Daniel, Terry’s butcher shop, Epicure and Neat Stuff. Her niece, Liz Kingstone, lives on Wellesley Street with her husband Steve Brearton and sons Henry, Simon and Sidney. There will be a celebration of her life on the roof of the Merchandise Building Lofts (155 Dalhousie) at 5 pm on Saturday November 4.

We offer our condolences to Nancy’s family and friends.


If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

News reports on Friday, July 7 have confirmed that Ward 28 Councillor Pam McConnell has died, following hospitalization for a lung ailment. McConnell, 71, had served as a ward councillor since 1994 in an area that included Cabbagetown and had been appointed Deputy Mayor in this past council term by Mayor John Tory. The CRA extends our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

“Pam was a strong supporter of the association, celebrating in the community and working with us to make improvement in our neighbourhood,” says CRA President Phil Frei. “We appreciate the time she spent to understand and respond to the needs of our community.  She was thoughtful, caring, and forward-looking.”

According to a City of Toronto news release, flags at City Hall, Metro Hall, and the Toronto civic centres will be lowered to half-mast in Deputy Mayor McConnell’s honour. They will remain lowered until the end of the day of her funeral, arrangements still to be confirmed. Books of condolence will be available at Toronto City Hall beginning Saturday, July 8 for staff and members of the public to express their condolences. An online book of condolence will also be available at http://cityoftorontocondolences.ca beginning Saturday, July 8.

UPDATE July 12, 2017:

A Celebration of Life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 25 at Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St. In the interim, Deputy Mayor McConnell’s family encourages everyone to commemorate her in a way that is meaningful to them.

Also, at the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations:

Collective of Black Artists (http://www.cobainc.com)
Donations should be made by cheque and mailed to:
COBA Collective of Black Artists
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St. E., suite 130
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (https://dixonhall.org)
Online donations can be made at http://dixonhall.org/donate

Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (http://www.rhag.ca)
Online donations can be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/riverdale-housing-animation-programs/

Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and the Toronto civic centres will remain at half-mast until the end of the day on Sunday, July 16.  The book of condolence at City Hall will also be available until end of day Sunday. The online book of condolence will be available at http://cityoftorontocondolences.ca until the service in August.

Toronto Star report

CBC News report

CP24 report

Toronto Sun tribute article

Toronto Star tribute column (Edward Keenan)

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Donny Taggart of family-owned Nettleship’s Hardware on Parliament Street. One person on hearing of Donny’s death remarked “to me he was one of the ‘good bones’ that made Cabbagetown”. Donny’s mother Marg Taggart passed away just last summer.

There will be a visitation at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne Street on Monday May 1, 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

We offer our condolences to Donny’s family and friends.

Read the death notice for Donny Taggart (dignitymemorial.com)


If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

Some sad news from the corner of Parliament Street and Spruce Street. Gerry McDermott, the original founder of the Cabbagetown Tree Lot in 1952, passed away in May 2016 (reynoldsfuneral.com). Gerry’s story was written about last year in a Torontoist.com article that you might find interesting.

The Old Cabbagetown Tree Lot (torontoist.com)

Our condolences to Gerry’s family and friends.


Note:
An earlier post stated that Peter Vettorel had died, which had been confirmed by a person working at the tree lot who was obviously misinformed. The Cabbagetowner spoke with Peter today and he told us that it was Gerry who had passed, and he wondered why people seemed surprised to see him. My apologies for the confusion.

Sad news that longtime Cabbagetown resident Bea Ziegert has died. A service will be held for her on Friday November 18. Doug Fisher wrote about Bea on his blog this week:

She was an enthusiastic neighbour and she loved her Cabbagetown home. She travelled and taught abroad extensively at Cornell in the USA and in the south Pacific. Bea bought her Laurier Street home in 1979. She eventually learned that its remarkable interior had been designed by Sonja and Michael Stewart. She’s the daughter of Viljo Revell who designed Toronto’s landmark city hall. Bea preserved their work and when she wanted to update the interior, she tracked down Mr Stewart. Dave Leblanc, the Globe & Mail’s architecture writer, did a story about her house in 2006 (globeandmail.com).

When she worried that she couldn’t continue to live alone, Bea sold her house. She died on Sunday October 23 from the effects of a stroke. There will be a memorial service for her at First Unitarian Church (175 St Clair) on Friday November 18 at 11am.

We offer our condolences to Bea’s family and friends.


If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

Marg Taggart
Sadly, Marg Taggart passed away on July 26, 2016 at the age of 83. Marg was born Margaret Irene Nettleship in 1933 and lived above her family’s store on Parliament Street (Nettleship’s Hardware) for eighty years and was a beloved Cabbagetowner.

Read the death notice for Marg Taggart (legacy.com)
Read Doug Fisher’s Tribute to Marg Taggart (cabbagetownreview.blogspot.ca)

A private cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service on September 18, 2016, details to follow. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rosar-Morrison Home & Chapel.


If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

We heard the sad news from a few residents that Louise Edwards has passed away. She was well known to many in the neighbourhood as a real estate agent, a Yogini, a Rekei master as well as for her interests in knitting and cycling.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Sunday June 26th, at Jet Fuel, 519 Parliament Street from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Read the full death notice for Louise Giselle Edwards (globeandmail.com)

Our condolences to Louise’s family and friends.


If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

Sad news in the neighbourhood as we learned of the death of David Clark. Doug Fisher wrote in his Neighbourhood Review of May 5:

Mr Clark died on Wednesday April 20 at the age of 82. He described himself as “the luckiest man in the world”. He is survived by his wife, Carol Moore-Ede. A private family service has been held. Donations are requested for the Rocky Mountain Rail Society.

Read the full death notice at globeandmail.com.


Our sympathies are with Carol and his other family and friends.

If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

Some sad news of the passing of a well-known Cabbagetowner. We learned of her passing from Doug Fisher’s Cabbagetown Review where he wrote:

Ms. McErvel died suddenly on Sunday April 24. She was a familiar Cabbagetown resident, an accomplished archivist and a real estate agent. She loved her cats and was always ready to greet and enjoy neighbourhood dogs. Her memorial service will be held at Humphreys Funeral Home (1403 Bayview) on Friday May 6 at 1 pm.

Read the full death notice at globeandmail.com


Our condolences to Judith’s friends and family.

If you would like to let others in the neighbourhood know of the passing of a Cabbagetowner, please have their family contact us.

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