The Taylor Statten Camps have welcomed many campers of all ages over the years. With almost 100 years of history and traditions that have come to last a lifetime, Canoe Lake and beyond continues to echo with camp spirit. Ahmek and Wapomeo’s alumni are the reflection of its past, representation of its present and a link to its future. TSC Alumni represent our history in the stories they tell, the memories they hold and the connections that never disappear. The Taylor Statten Camps are proud to honour the lives of alumni, former staff and friends. Each TSC member carries with them their own friendships, memories and will forever be a part of the story of Wapomeo and Ahmek. Canoe Lake wouldn’t the place we have all come to love and cherish without each and every camper and staff member who has come through. These obituaries and passages have been prepared by alumni, family and/or friends. To have an obituary or passage published to this page, please contact us via email or Facebook. Here let the Northwoods’ Spirit Kindle Fires of Friendship.
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Jacquelyn Maureen Riddell (Jackie)
JACQUELYN MAUREEN RIDDELL (Jackie) (Nee Hagarty) Jacquelyn Maureen Riddell (Nee Hagarty) on Thursday, March 28, 2019, peacefully at home with her husband at her side. Jackie was born in Winnipeg July 22, 1931 the eldest daughter of Colonel William Grassett Hagarty D.S.O. and Mary Kinney of Boston. Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John (Jack) Aubrey Riddell; her children, John Geoffrey (Bradley), Catherine Mary (Jonathan Knowles, Sarah, Jonathan), Lisanne (John , James); her eldest brother, William (Bill) Hagarty of London, Ontario; and her younger sister, Susan (Susie) (Terry) Strain of Calgary; and her dear sister-in-law, Elaine (Lannie). Jackie was predeceased by her brothers, John, Ken and Ted; and her half-sister, Pat. Jackie grew up in an environment full of mischief and adventure on various army bases across Canada. During those years she developed a love of horses which stayed with her for the rest of her life. As part of a lively and gregarious family, Jackie stored up countless vignettes to regale her friends and relations with over the course of her long life. Jackie’s early years at the Taylor Statten Camp, Wapomeo, instilled a deep love of Algonquin Park. Her ‘camp’ friends were emblazoned in her heart forever. She spent many wonderful summers with her friends at her cottage on Smoke Lake creating happy memories. Always a voracious reader, Jackie was passionate about learning. As a late entrant to formal schooling, at the age of 8 she was rescued by her life-long friend Mary Lamb (Labatt) who told the nuns it was ridiculous that Jackie wasn’t in her grade. They agreed and Jackie’s education accelerated from that day forward. Jackie graduated from Brescia University College at The University of Western Ontario as the youngest female graduate of her day. She cherished her time at University, reviling in the freedom of the intellectual environment and the friends she made. It was during her time at Western that she met the love of her life, Jack. They were married in London, Ontario on May 15, 1954 and went on to have three children Geoff, Cathy and Lisa. Jackie passed her love of nature and horses onto all her children. She loved to travel and embarked on numerous adventures with friends and lecturers to enjoy and experience the history and cultures of the world. Jackie and Jack cherished their farm and enjoyed the quiet natural beauty that enveloped them until the end of her life. A long-standing member of both the I.O.D.E. and The May Court Club, Jackie collaborated to help those in need. She will be remembered for love of: friends, conversation, world affairs and her ability to enchant with stories of her life and escapades. Those who knew her well will miss her energetic spirit and kind heart. The family would like to especially thank Stephanie, Betty, Rumar and Jamie and all the amazing caregivers who helped with Jackie’s final days. Memorial service to be held at a later date. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com
Jacqueline "Jackie" Scott (1952-2019)
Jacqueline (Jackie) Scott passed away quietly at her home outside Ottawa as a result of cancer on Friday, April 12th, 2019. Jackie came to camp along with her mother Sylva and two brothers, Fraser and Graham, when their father Stew Scott, took the waterfront director’s job at Ahmek in 1960. Jackie became an avid outdoorswoman mastering canoeing and other skills at Camp. The highlight for her, was Viiu Kanep’s 1967 Biscotasing canoe trip.
Later in life, Jackie paddled on the Ottawa river which was across the street from her home. Jackie graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 and soon after began her career working in the federal civil service, where she focused her skills in developing environmental policy for various Departments including Natural Resources, Environment Canada and Energy Mines and Resources. Her scientific training and attention to detail resulted in many awards of recognition.
Jackie retired after 30 years of public service in 2010 and began to develop a passion for fly fishing salmon on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. Jackie was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March 2016 but that didn’t stop her from doing exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She beat all her oncologists’ predictions for survival by many years. She was afforded the opportunity to accept death and to enjoy life to the fullest in her final years. Her many friends marvelled at her positive outlook and generous sharing of her insights. It was her wish to live out her life in her own home, and she managed to do so, with a lot of help from her neighbours and friends. She wanted her obituary to reflect her personality, so here it is, paraphrased in her friend’s words …
“On Friday, April 12, 2019, I decided to seek for myself, proof that Einstein had indeed nailed it with his theory of general relativity. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons provided music for the trip. Dear friends and family were by my side and in my thoughts, as were memories of camp and canoe trips in Algonquin Park, lazing on the sand at Thunder Beach, in Temagami and diving from the dock at Herridge Lake and, of course, fly fishing for salmon on the Miramichi. I’d like people to remember me for my diehard Liberal political views, my career at Natural Resources Canada, where I majored in saving the environment, my fondness for turtles and frogs, my love of gardening and – last but not least – my red leather jacket and penchant for French manicures.”
At Jackie’s request, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be interred in the Macklin family plot in Markham. Tributes and condolences and posting of photographs may be made through www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com
Jacquelyn (Nee Hagarty) Riddell (2019)
Jacquelyn Maureen Riddell (Nee Hagarty) passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, peacefully at home with her husband at her side. Jackie was born in Winnipeg July 22, 1931 the eldest daughter of Colonel William Grassett Hagarty D.S.O. and Mary Kinney of Boston. Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John (Jack) Aubrey Riddell; her children, John Geoffrey (Bradley), Catherine Mary (Jonathan Knowles, Sarah, Jonathan), Lisanne (John , James); her eldest brother, William (Bill) Hagarty of London, Ontario; and her younger sister, Susan (Susie) (Terry) Strain of Calgary; and her dear sister-in-law, Elaine (Lannie). Jackie was predeceased by her brothers, John, Ken and Ted; and her half-sister, Pat.Jackie grew up in an environment full of mischief and adventure on various army bases across Canada. During those years she developed a love of horses which stayed with her for the rest of her life. As part of a lively and gregarious family, Jackie stored up countless vignettes to regale her friends and relations with over the course of her long life. Jackie’s early years at the Taylor Statten Camp, Wapomeo, instilled a deep love of Algonquin Park. Her ‘camp’ friends were emblazoned in her heart forever. She spent many wonderful summers with her friends at her cottage on Smoke Lake creating happy memories. Always a voracious reader, Jackie was passionate about learning. As a late entrant to formal schooling, at the age of 8 she was rescued by her life-long friend Mary Lamb (Labatt) who told the nuns it was ridiculous that Jackie wasn’t in her grade. They agreed and Jackie’s education accelerated from that day forward. Jackie graduated from Brescia University College at The University of Western Ontario as the youngest female graduate of her day. She cherished her time at University, reviling in the freedom of the intellectual environment and the friends she made. It was during her time at Western that she met the love of her life, Jack. They were married in London, Ontario on May 15, 1954 and went on to have three children Geoff, Cathy and Lisa. Jackie passed her love of nature and horses onto all her children.She loved to travel and embarked on numerous adventures with friends and lecturers to enjoy and experience the history and cultures of the world. Jackie and Jack cherished their farm and enjoyed the quiet natural beauty that enveloped them until the end of her life. A long-standing member of both the I.O.D.E. and The May Court Club, Jackie collaborated to help those in need. She will be remembered for love of: friends, conversation, world affairs and her ability to enchant with stories of her life and escapades. Those who knew her well will miss her energetic spirit and kind heart. The family would like to especially thank Stephanie, Betty, Rumar and Jamie and all the amazing caregivers who helped with Jackie’s final days. Memorial service to be held at a later date. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com
Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2019
The Honourable Janet Lang Statten Boland (2019)
Janet died peacefully at her home in Toronto on February 19, 2019 after 95 wonderful and vibrant years of life. Janet was elegantly able to combine a career as a legal trail-blazer with the role of dedicated wife and mother. Surviving Janet are her two sons, Christopher (Tara Mackenzie) and Nicholas (Laura Gartrell). Janet was predeceased by her son, Michael (Catherine Taylor). Janet’s charm, pursuit of excellence and adventurous spirit lives on in her nine grandchildren, Andrea, Cavan, Tiernan, Cameron, Christopher-Charles, Nicole, Johnny, Natalie and Kate. They all admire her as a role-model and affectionally called her “Jannie.” She was born in Kitchener on December 6, 1923 and was the eldest daughter of George and Miriam Lang. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Janet attended the Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Albany, New York. Upon completion of high school, Janet returned to Canada and attended Waterloo Lutheran College (now Wilfrid Laurier University), where she was the editor of the school newspaper and President of the student body. In later years, she would be given an honorary doctorate from Laurier, and in 2011 she was recognized as one of their top 100 alumni.From 1947 to 1950, Janet attended Osgoode Hall Law School, spending the summer months as a counsellor at Camp Wapomeo. This is where she met her future husband, John Boland. The couple was married in 1949. Although Janet’s first inclination was to give up her legal career to raise a family, she continued to practice law at the urging of her father. Janet quickly found that she loved, admired and respected the law – she had found her calling. While raising three sons with her husband John, she developed a commercial law practice with the firm White, Bristol, Beck and Phipps. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1966 and in 1969 became a partner in the firm Lang, Michener. At the time, few women studied and practiced law. In 1972, she was appointed as a County Court Judge, and in 1975 she shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the second female Supreme Court Judge ever appointed in Ontario. Intrigued with a new concept of joint custody, she introduced the principle in the first Canadian decision regarding the matter, in Baker v Baker, which was a highly controversial concept at the time. The Ontario Legislature quickly jumped in and recognized the principle, breaking legal ground in Canada and helping to establish the principle of joint custody around the world. Janet’s legal career spanned an impressive 60 years.She would not have been able to balance her career as a lawyer, judge, wife and mother without the pivotal support of her husband and two very special women – Martha Branagh and Alice Pexioto. Janet had the incredible quality of staying positive and moving forward, even in the most difficult of times. She forged ahead when her husband John sadly passed away in 1976. Janet was devoted to her two younger sisters, Sheila Hinton (Hal Hinton) and Joan Farrell (Colonel Peter Farrell); as well as her nieces and nephews. Although the “3 Sisters” were often separated by large distances, they always brought their families together. In the 1980s, they conspired to create a family golf tournament called the “Lang Cup” which spans borders and generations. It continues annually to this day with an ever-expanding roster and level of enthusiasm.Janet was fortunate to find true love a second time when she married Dr. Taylor “Tay” Statten, father of Lyn Statten (Fred Boden), Judy Walter (Eric) and Taylor “Tike” Statten (Suzanne). Dr. Tay passed away in 2016 at the age of 101. Janet’s affection for the Statten family was a highlight of her last 20 years. Janet was an avid golfer during her entire life and served as the President of the Canadian Women’s Senior Golf Association. In the winter months, Janet enjoyed skiing and was an original member of the Georgian Peaks Ski Club. Janet golfed well into her nineties and even when she gave up skiing she lived vicariously through the ski trips of her family. She loved adventure, travel and spent a good portion of her summers in the wilderness of Algonquin Park. Her passion for bridge kept her playing four times a week right up until the day she died. The family will forever be grateful for the tremendous care and friendship given to Janet over many years by Catalina Luceno. Janet is sure to be Swinging in the Moonlight with some of her favourite family and friends. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has occurred.A funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 78 Clifton Road, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, March 22. 10:30 a.m. There will be a visitation on Thursday, March 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue. Donations in Janet’s memory may be made to Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.humphreymiles.com.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 23 to Feb. 27, 2019
William "Bill" Weiner (1943 - 2018)
Of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the age of 75. Bill was born in Pittsburgh’s East End on February 21, 1943, to Ruth and Dewey Weiner. He was educated at the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Elementary School and Solebury School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and he attended Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park, Ontario.
Bill came from a musical family. His grandfather played classical piano and as a young man played in the orchestra pit during the era of silent movies. Bill loved listening to his grandpa play when he was young. He also loved the outdoors and was an enthusiastic camper, hiker, and canoeist. Bill began to play the guitar in high school, during the heyday of rock n’ roll, folk music singing groups, rhythm and blues, bebop jazz, and folk blues. In the early 1960s, he became interested in blues recordings made in the South, and through these recordings learned to play country blues and perfected his style.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Bill pursued a business career at Basic Products, the pioneering wholesale catalog publishing and distribution company founded by his father in 1958. During 50 years of innovative merchandising, Bill, Dewey, and the Basic team served more than 3,000 small businesses throughout the Eastern United States. At the same time, he also created a legendary blues guitar presence in Western Pennsylvania, in Eastern Ohio, and around the country.
A performer, teacher and arranger for more than 40 years, Bill concentrated on early country blues, on both 6-string and 12-string guitars, especially the work of Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell, and Leadbelly. During his music career, Bill performed country blues at festivals and local concert venues, and he taught country blues guitar at music schools and at his home. A member of several folk bands, Bill started his own blues and jug band, The Monongahela Sheiks, a Pittsburgh fixture from 1998-2008. In 2006, he recorded a well-received CD, “Juicin’ The Blues.” When asked what he most enjoyed about his music, Bill said that he enjoyed meeting and talking to people who shared his love of the blues. When asked what inspired him, Bill said that moving people with his music and inspiring them as he was inspired was his greatest satisfaction. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Sarah Stevenson; his brother, John Weiner; his niece, Tal Lucas; and his nephews, Michael Weiner and Daniel Weiner.
Lisa Lebreton Korthals (2018)
On Wednesday March 28, 2018, Lisa passed away in an avalanche just north of Pemberton, BC. Born in Toronto on December 3, 1968, Lisa enjoyed a life full of adventure. Her defiant will to live life on her own terms led her into many fields of pursuit, all of which she diligently perfected with grace and determination.
As a young girl she pursued a variety of activities including sailing, tennis and badminton but really discovered a passion for the outdoors while attending Camp Wanapatei. She became an avid canoe tripper and parlayed this into leading young teens on long, remote trips in Northern Ontario and the Yukon. The Coast Mountains of BC beckoned after high school and she based herself in Whistler where she thrived and progressed in the ski school, becoming a Level IV instructor.
Later in life she transitioned into ski guiding and worked at Mike Wiegele as well as becoming operations manager for Coast Range Helisports. She also managed at this time to obtain her real estate license and it soon became a flourishing business for her. She was also heavily involved in her husband, Johnny’s handcrafted ski manufacturing business.
Lisa leaves behind a huge legacy in Whistler and Pemberton and will be remembered for her dazzling smile, infectious laugh, candour, warm hugs, many kisses and uncompromising style. Lisa is survived by her husband, Johnny; her son, Tye; her mother, Judy and husband, Peter Irwin; her father, Robin and wife, Janet Charlton; and her brother, Jamie. Many relatives include sisters-in-law, Julie and Juliette; nieces, Mackenzie, Emma, Willa and Frances; and nephew, Leaf.
– Globe & Mail Obituary
Caroline "Carrie" Babbitt (2018)
Our kind, creative, beautiful daughter, Carrie, was taken from us suddenly on Monday, March 12. She was adored by her parents Sally and David Babbitt, her two older brothers Scott and John (Emily), and her uncles and aunts Olwyn (George), Jim, Anne (Bob), Susan, Cynthia (Pierre), James (Allison) and many cousins. Recent years brought health challenges that Carrie faced with strength and determination. Carrie had a holistic and spiritual approach to life and was passionate about yoga & meditation. She had a gentle nature and a contagious laugh. We will always cherish our memories of the happy times and the joy that she brought to our lives.
If you wish, donations may be made in Carrie’s memory to The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Condolences/Tributes/Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry www.hpmcgarry.ca 613-233-1143
– passage retrieved from the Ottawa Citzen, March 17th 2018
Carrie loved the simplicity of canoe trip. She didn’t care about the material things in life, but rather needed only a canoe, and a paddle. And some Franks hot sauce. Which Carrie smothered everything in. She focused all her efforts on the things that mattered most to her- friendships, relationships, connecting with others, our earth. I was going through our old conversations the other day and found a message where she wrote “ Remember when we used to live in the wilderness? And travelled only by canoe from lake to lake? Far away from civilization? Just laughing and loving and having fun all day all night every day?…Yeah. Me too.”
– an excerpt from a speech written and presented by best friend and cabin mate, Emily Hamovitch
Caroline Montgomery (2018)
Caroline was born August 16, 1995 in Boston. From the earliest age her big sister Kate cherished and looked out for her, just as the two girls would soon welcome and cherish their brother Duffy. Caroline immediately proved herself to be a hardy and independent soul, qualities she would carry into young womanhood. She was not afraid to speak her mind and question authority. At age 3, as her grandmother was reading to an apparently rapt Caroline, she inquired: “Kitty, why is your face so wrinkled?” At 5, on her first visit to the Taylor Statten Camps in Algonquin Park, for September Camp, Mark showed her the cabins where one day she would live for many happy summers. Caroline skeptically asked, “Where are the televisions?”
Caroline’s outgoing personality and strong work ethic shone in her many pursuits at school. Her wonderful performance as Willy Wonka in a production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Santa Barbara Montessori School made everyone think she might one day become an actor. She was also a gifted athlete. She earned 11 varsity letters at the Cate School in sports including cross country and swimming. But water polo was where she made the most waves. She was named first team all-league for three years and captained the team her senior year. During a game in her last season, she shrugged off pain to play with a broken hand. Her father, the hand surgeon, blessed this dubious course of action. In a newspaper story summing up Caroline’s high school water polo career, the coach said, “She simply out-works and out-hustles everyone in the pool.”
In the shadow of such public accolades, Caroline’s quieter gifts for empathy, friendship and selflessness also blossomed. The community got a glimpse of this side of Caroline after a classmate had a tragic accident. With amazing poise and wisdom, Caroline gave a speech about how the loss of a young life imposes a duty on us all to live life to the fullest in the spirit of, and in honor of, the person who has gone. Now in this tragic moment, we find ourselves reflecting on Caroline’s words once again, as if she were coaxing us, comforting us through her own absence. She discovered there was no need for television during a dozen summers at Camp Wapomeo, starting when she was 7. Her long canoe trips as a camper included 36 days in Quetico, 42 days in Bisco and the 50-day odyssey to cap it all off. In her final summer at camp, just two years ago, like her father before her, she led a trip to Quetico as a counselor.
At Barnard College in New York City, Caroline majored in Psychology and minored in Women’s Studies. She was doing research on exploitative medical practices under colonialism and slavery. While at Barnard, she played water polo and wrote for campus publications and blogs. She was set to graduate this spring. Following internships with clothing and retail companies, her dream was to put her personality, passion and aesthetic talent into a career in the fashion industry.
Her family was and is extremely close-knit, moving through the world as a team. Even as college and careers began to pull the next generation down unique paths, this bond was obvious in small ways and large. Caroline loved the Yankees as much as Mark. The whole family attended Derek Jeter’s last game. Despite their busy schedules, Caroline, Kate and Catherine regularly made time to get together with each other in New York. Nothing got in the way of their family trips to exotic locales at Christmastime, when they explored the world together. Most recently, in Brazil, Caroline and the other family canoeists proved that even the mighty Amazon River was no match for what they already knew.
Caroline and her beautiful, passionate spirit will be sorely missed, but she will shine in our hearts forever.
– passage from the Montgomery Celebration of Life program
Mark Montgomery (2018)
Mark was born June 28, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge for a few years, enjoying the local city playground, where he once caused his mother to panic when he tumbled dramatically from the top of the slide. He was unharmed thanks to his famously hard head.
The family soon moved to Chappaqua, a suburb of New York City, where he loved exploring the woods and playing pickup hockey on frozen ponds. A young man of grit and determination emerged on the Horace Greeley High School wrestling team. After his freshman season getting beaten almost every time—but never allowing himself to be pinned—he eventually became team captain and was named all-league. To gain a competitive edge by wrestling at the lowest weight humanly possible, he designed a diet that involved spitting into a paper cup between snacks of green beans and jam.
Mark attended Princeton University, where he studied economics and wrestled for one year. He graduated with honors and was Phi Beta Kappa. He studied medicine at Columbia University Medical School, again graduating with honors. He completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, where he was appointed chief resident. Mark then did a fellowship in hand surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Following his fellowship in Boston, Mark moved to Santa Barbara to join a successful surgery practice, Associated Hand Surgeons, where he practiced for 22 years. Countless people who suffered terrible accidents now have the use of their hands thanks to Mark’s surgical skill. The outpouring of grief from grateful former patients who knew him only as their doctor has been extraordinary. Over his career, Mark also published numerous articles in leading orthopedic journals.
Mark met Catherine, the love of his life, in 1988 and they were married in 1991. They raised three exceptional children—Kate, Caroline and Duffy—who doted on Mark as much as he on them. He organized his medical schedule so he could coach all three of their baseball teams in the same season, just as he would later attend all of their water polo games, home and away. He had a well-deserved reputation as a vociferous sideline cheerleader.
When Mark wasn’t playing sports with his children, he found games in his community. His athletic pursuits in Santa Barbara ranged from skating in a local ice hockey league to playing on two softball teams. He started a rugby program at the Santa Barbara Montessori School that eventually led to the creation of the Santa Barbara Stingrays rugby club. He provided a summer home for visiting AAU baseball players. To become a better hockey player, he took figure skating lessons with youngsters half his size. A few weeks ago, Mark’s hockey team, the Aces, made it to the play-offs. His grieving teammates rallied to play the big game in his honor and won their first championship.
Some of Mark’s most cherished experiences occurred on canoe trips in Ontario’s beautiful back country in the company of the extended family he found on Canoe Lake. He started as a Bantam at Camp Ahmek at age 9 and spent 13 summers there. He went to Quetico twice as a camper, was a Mountaineer and Voyageur counselor, and he returned to Quetico a third time as a co-counselor. Mark passed his affection for Camp on to his children, and in time Kate, Caroline and Duffy became campers and then counselors leading long trips in lake country.
The family’s spectacular vacations carried them all around the world. The highlight, they all agreed, was their most recent Christmas trip, to Brazil. They paddled the Amazon and together they welcomed the New Year the Brazilian way by jumping over seven ocean waves.
Loved and respected by all who knew him, Mark had many dimensions. He was a rock of stability and competence. Tough and competitive, he was also gentle and kind. Timid animals and anxious patients trusted him instinctively. He had a quick and playful sense of humor. A famous family story recounts how Mark, at 18, asked his 80-year-old grandmother, Mimi, if she wanted to visit the cemetery behind the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. When she declined, Mark said with a twinkle, “What’s the matter, Mimi, are you afraid they’re going to keep you?”
Mark’s absence leaves a hole in our hearts that will never be filled, but his love and the life spirit that he shared with each of us will sustain us, and we will cherish him in a thousand happy memories.
– passage from the Montgomery Celebration of Life Program
Graham "Grunk" Huston (2018)
Graham Huston – known to some as “Grunk” – died in Pinehurst, North Carolina, January 10th, 2018.
Born in New York City March 26th, 1941, Graham had never heard of Algonquin Park in 1959 – much less Ahmek. Nonetheless, he followed one of the better pieces of advice he ever received and came to Ahmek where he spent several summers, including senior positions as a member of Doctor Tay’s cabinet.
While at Ahmek, Graham met, and was fortunate enough to marry, Torontonian Sue Higgins. Wed for 56 years, Sue and Graham have three sons – Derek, Ghent and Garth and several grandchildren. Not a common name, Ghent Huston is the namesake of the late Ghent Carroll. As many will remember, Ghent Carroll was the long-time business manager at Ahmek. The elder Ghent facilitated Graham’s camp career as he did for countless others.
After Hotchkiss Prep, Duke University and George Washington Law School, Graham practiced law in his own firm in Washington DC. Upon retirement in 2007, Sue and Graham moved to Pinehurst where they found a home next to a small lake that looks suspiciously like Wigwam Bay – without the bridge.
For Graham, Pinehurst was all about golf, music, theatre and community. For Sue – a non-golfer – Pinehurst was fulfilling in many different ways.
Graham was a gifted athlete, including soccer, marathon running and golf. Graham tended to be vocal about life, whether the subject was the poor quality of his last golf shot, his politics or his views on the shirt you happened to be wearing.
If you knew Graham, you will miss Graham – a lot.
Written by Bill Pigott
Roys "Terry" Arthur Ellis III (2018)
Roys Arthur Ellis III – known at Ahmek as Terry – died in Maui on January 30, 2018, two months shy of his 75th birthday.
Born in Boston March 29th, 1943, Terry first went to Ahmek at the age of five. He stayed for fourteen more summers.
A gifted person on many levels, Terry won the Wilson at the age of eleven and repeated that feat three years later. As staff, Terry competed in the Stilson three times, winning once and coming second once.
After Camp, and after attending Harvard, Terry became a licensed multi-engine jet pilot for Flying Tiger. He then moved to Maui to design and sell surfboards. Once in Maui, Terry lived “off the grid”, before that term was born. He lived just outside the rain shadow of West Maui Peak, generating his own electricity and working at a variety of jobs, including cleaning ordinance from Niihau Island which had been used for target practice by the Navy.
Never married, Terry took in, adopted and raised two young boys when their families suddenly abandoned them.
Fiercely independent, when Terry became ill, he kept it to himself. The gravity of his sickness was unknown to his family or his friends until the news of his death reached North America.
Terry is survived by his sister, Susan Van Etten, his brother Jamie, a nephew, a niece and two grand-nephews – all of whom have been or are TSC campers/staff.
Terry Ellis, Ahmek alumnus, one-of-a-kind – now gone.
Written by Bill Pigott
Dr. Taylor Statten (2016)
April 10,1915 – July 19, 2016
Dr.Tay died peacefully at his home in Toronto, after an amazing 101 years of a life that influenced so many through his work in child psychiatry and at The Taylor Statten Camps. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on. In WW ll, as a Canadian medical officer, he was one of only 78 Canadian officers chosen to join the British Army in the North African Campaign, and he was awarded the Military Cross for exceptional bravery in the Italian campaign. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, first as Director of Child Psychiatry at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, as a professor at McGill University and later with the University of Toronto Health Services, he was recognized as an Honorary Member in the Academy of Child Psychiatry. In 1980 he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of outstanding achievement for his work with children. If there was an award for exceptional skill in fly fishing, he would have won that as well! For all of this, he was humbly grateful.
Tay was the middle child of Taylor Statten (the “Chief) and Ethel Page (“Tonakela”), Founders of the Taylor Statten Camps in Algonquin Park, where he developed his profound love of the woods, canoe tripping and leadership development. Except for the War Years he spent all his summers in Algonquin Park. He could never get enough of the call of the loon! He shared his skills and experiences with so many and became an inspiration to those who passed through the Camps, many of whom are in leadership positions throughout the world today. He was also a generous contributor to his local community, to the Huntsville Hospital, and to the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund for less fortunate children.
Tay would not have enjoyed such longevity without the support of his beloved wife Janet, (Madam Justice Janet Laing Boland), his children Lyn Statten (Fred Boden), Judy Statten Walter (Eric Walter), and Taylor Statten III (Suzanne Clarkson) and Janet’s children Michael Boland (Cathy Taylor), Christopher Boland (Tara) and Nicholas Boland (Laura ). Tay was widowed twice, predeceased by his wife of 32 years, Alice (Turner), and his wife, Lola Ruth (Hall). He will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren, Michelle Walter, Sean Walter, Phil McCordic, Taylor Statten IV, and Courtney Statten, their spouses, and his six great grandchildren.
The family will be forever grateful for the tremendous care given to Tay in the last three years by Cathy Luceno and Marilou Aurelio. Their devotion allowed him to stay comfortably in his home to the end.
To quote a beloved nephew, David Statten, “Tay, put down your heavy pack and have a rest ….”.
The family is planning a Celebration of Tay’s Life in Toronto in September. Date TBA.
Donations in Tay’s honour would be gratefully accepted by: The Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund (please specify Dr. Tay Fund) www.taylorstattencamps.com/new-to-tsc/bursary–fund/ or to The Huntsville Hospital Foundation Foundation Foundation: https://huntsvillehospitalfoundation.ca/
Dr. Wayne Gregory (2016)
Passed away peacefully at home April 15, 2016. Beloved husband of Pam, loving father of Sarah (Den), Vanessa, Michael, David, Rebecca (Mike) and Lisa (Jeff). Proud grandfather of Lucas, Rhys and Jacob. Wayne is survived by his mother Doris, sister Linda (Stewart), brother Brian (Barb) and his nieces Julia, Madeline, Elizabeth and Hannah. Wayne lived a full and energetic life. He was a skilled and compassionate surgeon, a driven and respected athlete and an avid traveller. Wayne loved life and tackled his many health challenges with courage and optimism. A celebration of life gathering will be held at Carl’s Catering, The Glen, 1857 Queen St. W. in Brampton on April 29th from 3-7 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oncology Clinic at Brampton Civic Hospital would be appreciated.
Frank McAnulty (2016)
TSC Alumnus Frank McAnulty died Sunday April 3, 2016 of a severe heart attack. He 60 years old.
Frank was a student at Stephen Leacock Collegiate in Scarborough when he learned about Camp from Tike Statten who was his teacher, guidance counsellor and football coach. Frank was a Bantam counsellor for two summers before becoming Bantam Section Director. In his final year at Camp, he was a guide on a Wapomeo Quetico trip.
Although at times appearing shy and mild mannered, Frank had a sense of humour that was often subtle and often outlandish. Not only was he fun to be with, he was amazing on stage. He delighted Camp Show Night audiences during regular camp sessions as well as at September Camp and Alumni Bursary fundraising events. He was destined to become part of a comedy troupe and he found his life’s calling within the Second City acting community. There, he became a revered actor, teacher and colleague. In a lovingly sentimental and satirical memorial event, before an audience of hundreds of friends, students and colleagues, Franks closest comrades at Second City said goodbye to a man that they had held in the highest regard and cherished. As evidenced by a multitude of Facebook comments, Frank will be remembered as much for his kindness, his thoughtful and caring spirit, as he will be for his “killer” wit.
Frank holds an honoured place in the minds and hearts of many, many TSC Alumni and we mourn his loss. Fare thee well good friend.
Sarah Hastings (2015)
After a brief illness, Sarah, youngest daughter of Iain and Susan, and sister to Karen (Karma), Nicola (Fraser), and Rebecca, passed away in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 1st, 2015. Sarah was a vibrant young woman who had graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Cameron Heights in Kitchener and was in her first year at Acadia University. She lived her short life to the fullest and never compromised. She was an incredible athlete and avid canoe tripper and her determination and dedication inspired her friends and teammates. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Cambridge S.P.C.A. or to a charity that is near to your heart would be appreciated by the family. Please visit Sarah’s memorial at www.tlittlefuneralhome.com.
– passage from Dignity Memorial
Gretel Aeberli, née Haeberlin (2015)
Mrs. Gretel Aeberli, née Haeberlin, quietly, at home, 21 January 2015, in her 104th year, preceded by her husband, Dr. Ernst Aeberli and her brothers Paul and Hans. She will be remembered fondly by her sons Karl and Peter, daughters-in-law Birgitt and Jill as well as the grandchildren Kai, Tim, Helena and Alice.
While attending McMaster University, and later, she spent her summers working at Taylor-Statten Camps where she had been a camper in the 1920s. Then she began her career as a languages teacher, first at St. Mildred’s and later at Havergal College. After the war she worked for a while in a displaced persons’ camp in Austria and after her marriage she lived mostly in Europe with her family. When her husband retired, they returned to Toronto.
Gretel made friends easily and enjoyed her association with the University Women’s Club and the Swiss Club. Until late in life she enjoyed reading, crosswords, swimming, bridge, travel – particularly to Germany and Switzerland from where her parents had emigrated – and being with friends.
Gretel’s funeral will take place January 29th at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street, Toronto Ontario. The funeral service will take place at 2 pm, preceded by a visitation hour, and followed by a reception.
Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator
Cathy Craig (2015)
Cathy was the head of Music at Ahmek back in the early 90’s. I want to say 1991-93 ish. She had fond memories of the wonderful people and her time at TSC. Cathy inspired others with her musical gifts and was even known to move people to tears during morning meditation. Always up for a laugh and an adventure I know Cathy wonderful spirit deeply touched the lives of campers and staff alike during her time there.
Charles Brown (1924 – 2014)
Charlie passed away on November 10, 2014 at the age of 90 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto. He was predeceased by, Audrey, his wife of 60 years. Charlie led a long and storied life, including serving as an RCAF wireless operator in WWll, working as a high school teacher, principal and finally as the Director of the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Education.
At Camp Ahmek in the early 1950’s, Charlie and Audrey were in charge of the Bantam section. This was followed by Charlie’s tenure as Ahmek Program Director for a number of summers. In total they spent eight years together on Canoe Lake.
In 1993, Charlie chaired the TSC Reunion Committee. Being an avid Blue Jay’s fan, he made sure that TVs were available on site at the Sheriden Centre so that attendees could watch the sixth game of the baseball World Series while socializing. When the Jay’s won and clinched the World Series, much of the Reunion crowd joined the revellers on Yonge Street.
Charlie was given a great send off by family and friends at a memorial service at the Thornhill Golf Club. He was a significant person in the lives of young people, as an educator and at TSC.
Thanks Charlie for your kindness and unwavering support to so many others.
Elizabeth Shapiro (1918-2014)
At the age of 95, Elizabeth Shapiro died peacefully on March 27, 2014. I n her youth, she spent many summers at Camp Wapomeo. Her father, Burt MacDonald was good friend of Taylor Statten 1st. In the ‘90s, Elizabeth spent an entire summer in the Little Women cabin at Ahmek, archiving TSC lore. The TSC archives remain a great source of Camp history and have been used extensively over the years.
Elizabeth lived in Montreal and was married to Dr. Lorne Shapiro, who predeceased her. She was the mother to seven children and had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom have been TSC campers and supporters. A microbiologist, Elizabeth was a researcher and professor at McGill for many years. Later she studied Classics and graduated with a BA in 1989. She never stopped learning.
Elizabeth – May stars shine on your journey….
Mike Anderson (1939 – 2013)
Mike died on December 23, 2013 at his beloved Tirnanog Farm (Land of the Peace) in Campbellford, Ontario. He was 74. Mike grew up in Toronto with former spouse and Wapomeo alumna Wendy Powell (who predeceased him). He worked at Southam Murray Printing, Ronalds Printing and Outward Bound. Following retirement and his marriage to Sheila Holmes in 2000, Mike spent a great deal of time at his soul place,Tirnanog Farm.
Mike will be remembered as a friendly and skilled Wapomeo Canoe Trip Guide, who continued to organize camp alumni trips in the Park. The twinkle in his eye and mischievious grin will be missed. Hopefully now Mike has answers to many of life’s questions that he pondered and is delighting in the mysteries finally known.
Fare thee well Mike…..
Dr. Donald Lloyd (2013)
Don Lloyd passed away on November 8, 2013.
Don loved Algonquin Park! Summers were spent in the Park from an early age. He was a camper and then a Canoe Trip Guide at the Taylor Statten Camps. His beloved cottage “The Hermitage” on Canoe Lake, continued to be his summer home well into his retirement years. A Master Canoeist, Don canoe tripped through the Park year after year. As a respected Geography teacher within the Toronto District School Board, he authored a number of books including: Dynamic Canada, Canoeing in Algonquin Park, and Algonquin Harvest. He also designed a “Snake and Ladders” type of board game, Algonquin Voyageurs, and the activity book, Fun to Learn. In addition, Don was an avid birder and woodcarver of note. He was a member of the Friends of Algonquin for many years. Long canoe trippers at TSC should know that Don was an Ahmek Guide on Quetico in 1967, the second summer of Q’s existence, a time he cherished deeply.
A kind man who always put others first, his presence on Canoe Lake will remain in the hearts of many for years to come. “May stars shine on thy journey”.
David Conacher (1940 – 2013)
A note from Claude Cousineau…
On August 23, 2013, a well known Wapomeo Guide passed away, at the age of 73, while paddling down the Saguenay River. For those of us who have known Dave well, this event was sad news. At Dave’s Celebration of Life, held in Midland, Ontario, on September 21, 2013, I had the honor and privilege to say a few words. Wanting to close my remarks on a poetic note, I contacted a good friend, Don Pentz, a well known Nova Scotia artist and writer, and asked him to craft a few inspirational lines about Dave. Don had met Dave on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park, five years ago, a trip that I had the pleasure to initiate.
Before you read what Don Pentz wrote about Dave Conacher, may I suggest the following? First, find a quite place. Read the poem aloud as if you were talking to Dave. Then, read it again.
In loving memory of Dave Conacher…
“SOFT GLOW OF SUNSET
CALM STILLWATER DUSK AND DRIFT OF CAMPFIRE SMOKE
THIS GLACIAL LAND OF BLUE LAKES AND WIND-SHAPED PINE NURTURED YOUR SOUL
HERE YOU FOUND SANCTUARY – A MEDICINE PLACE
LIKE THE WOLF AND LOON – YOU TOO BELONG HERE
YOUR BULL-OF-THE-WOODS STRENGTH AND PERSONALITY
SOARED WITH A GREAT, BROAD WINGSPAN
YOUR SILVER-WHITE HAIR – YOUR TRICKSTER WAYS,
WERE YOU EAGLE OR RAVEN? – MAYBE BOTH
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED – THE RAVEN COME TO ROOST
NOW AN EERIE EMPTINESS IS FELT – HAS CAST ITSELF ACROSS THESE ALGONQUIN HILLS FROM WHERE THE MOURNFUL CALLS OF WOLVES ECHO
FOR WHOM DO THEY LIFT THEIR HAUNTING SONG?
THEY SING OF A SPIRIT COME HOME.
YOUR BOISTEROUS LAUGHTER COULD SET THE LOONS INTO A FRENZY – YOUR VOICE TOO FULL OF LIFE TO REMAIN SILENT
WE WILL LISTEN FOR IT WRAPPED IN THE WIND OR ROLLING IN THE THUNDER
WE WILL KNOW…
THE SAGUENAY MIGHT HAVE HAD ITS WAY AND TAKEN YOU ON A NEW JOURNEY – BUT THE LONG CARRY ENDS HERE
WE WILL WATCH AND LISTEN FOR YOU HERE – ON THESE
WE WILL MEET YOUR SPIRIT HERE – ON THESE ALGONQUIN WATERS
LOOK FOR YOUR FACE IN THE GLOW OF SHORELINE FIRES…
SPEAK SOFTLY OF YOU – AND REMEMBER, HOW, WITH PADDLE IN HAND – YOU LOVED THESE ALGONQUIN WATERS.”
Elizabeth Eastaugh (1920 – 2012)
Peacefully, Elizabeth has departed to join Jack (2005). She will be dearly missed by her daughters Candace Steele (David) and Jennifer Gray (Bob), her grandsons Robin Steele (Jayme), Nick Steele (Sherri) and Drew Gray, and her two great granddaughters Teagan and Rhian Steele.
Elizabeth was an honours graduate of UC UofT (40). She and Jack were a constant force at The Taylor Statten Camps for more than 50 summers. Following Jack’s retirement, they travelled the world as leaders on STO trips. Elizabeth was the perfect hostess. She was a long time member of the Brampton Literary and Travel Club. After Jack’s death she moved to the Whispering Pines residence in Barrie where she made many new friends and maintained her positive approach to life. Above all else, Elizabeth was a lady.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Whispering Pines, the wonderful team at the Barrie Dialysis clinic and the nurses on 3 south B RVH for their excellent support and care. Many thanks to her special friend Marg Wood.
A memorial service will be held on Fri Oct 12th at 1:30pm at Steckley Gooderham Chapel, 201 Minet’s Point Rd, Barrie with visitation from 11:00am to 1:30pm.
David Gibson Shapiro (1943 – 2012)
David died Tuesday 29 May after a brief hard-fought battle with colon cancer. He is survived and sorely missed by his loving wife of forty-seven years, Barbara (Beddoe); three loving children, Christopher, Jody (Paul Stauch), and Lindsay (Scott McLeod), and six beloved grandchildren. Also missed and survived by his mother Elizabeth, his sisters Ellen (Marlene), Jean (Urs) and Mary (Jim); and brothers Bill (Suzanne), James (Hélène) and Tom (Joan-Marie), and all their children, as well as a large extended family.
Invitation to a celebration of David’s life will be issued at a later date.
Donations made in David’s memory to the Colorectal Cancer Association or the Taylor Statten Camps Bursary Fund (tscbf.com) would be gratefully acknowledged.
From the Montreal Gazette
Eleanor Jane Statten (2012)
In her 93rd year, peacefully on May 1, 2012 at Providence Healthcare. Survived by her sister, children and grandchildren. Predeceased by husband Page Statten and sister Dody Douglas. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Bill Statten and Cathy Foysten, Hugh Statten, and Sandy and Dean Manjuris. Dear sister of Audrey Orr. Devoted grandmother of Brent, Paisley, Meghan, David, Blythe, Annemeike, Antone, Karla, Alexander, Larkyn, Brooke, Greg and Jeff. Thank you to Arnold and the wonderful staff at Providence Healthcare.
Funeral Service will be held at ST. CLEMENT’S CHURCH, 70 St. Clement’s Ave. (at Duplex Ave.), Toronto, on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Sisters of Toronto, the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
From the Toronto Star
Sandra Patricia Hunter (2010)
I recently found out that my dear friend Sandra (Sandy) Hunter had passed away in early 2010. She was killed in a car accident while riding her motorcycle in BC . Sandy was the pottery lady in 1980 and I had the pleasure of being her assistant. I learned so much from her. She was kind, loved animals, especially horses ( she spent a year on Camp Riding staff), was a fantastic mother and grandmother and best of all my friend. She will be sorely missed by all those who have had the pleasure of knowing her. Fly Free Sandy….
Marianne (Judson) McKenzie
Mary Patterson Percival (2010)
Mary Percival lived a full and exciting life. She grew up in Muskoka, completed her education at Trafalgar Castle in Whitby and later graduated from Moulton College, in Toronto. Mary’s attachment to Algonquin Park started in the early 1920s with her first visit to Taylor Statten Camps. Her love of the out of doors, kindled by the north wood’s spirit of camping became her lifelong devotion. The family has had a summer cottage lease in the park since 1947. Mary studied Commercial & Fine Arts, Dress Design, Illustration and Interior Design in New York. Her first one-woman show was in 1946 at ‘Lord & Taylor’ where she worked as Interior Window Designer 1945-47.
Mary’s true beauty spread to their four daughters Karyn (deceased 2000), Heather, Sandra and Cynthia after she was married to Keith in 1947. They lived in British Guiana, South America (now Guyana) for three years, amongst the jungle, along the Demerara River. In 1954 they moved to London, England and returned to Canada in 1958, living in Rosemere, Quebec, north of Montreal. Throughout their moves and travels Mary handmade many of her children’s clothes and she had a tradition of hand painting their Christmas cards for over 60 years. Living in Montreal, Mary’s foundation of creativity continued with her talents and expertise being utilized by the Women’s Committee of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and with her arts group. She continued playing violin with a local orchestra and she loved to be physically active. Mary was a regular tournament golfer, bonspiel curler and she was an avid downhill skier, going every winter weekend into the Laurentian Mountains.
In 1978 Mary designed their family dream home when they settled, amongst long time friends, in Mono, near Orangeville. On the farm, she loved the birds, the gardens and the wild creatures that came to visit. Mary’s painting continued to flourish as she studied with watercolour artists and shared several mother-daughter shows with her daughter Karyn in the 1980s and 90s. Mary and Keith’s extended travels, for over 30 years, were colourfully documented in dozens of sketchbooks, many of which were later completed as full size paintings. Mary’s life is reflected in her diverse assortment of images and unique locations.
Mary’s fondest place to be was their cabin on Canoe Lake, in Algonquin Park. Just as Mary adored the world’s wild places, it was here that she felt most at home amongst the habitat of nature, trees, lakes and wild animals.
You never forget a person like Mary. She was always happy, optimistic and energetic. Mary was a patient and peaceful lady. Beyond being talented with her hands, Mary had a heart that just never quit. Mary you are the breezes, the crisp morning air, and the ripples of waves on shorelines. We remember the happy times; they will shape our reality forever. Thank you for your sunshine. Your family shall never forget you. Your ever loving; Keith Percival, Heather and Guy Bull, Sandra and Wally Kaczmarek, Cynthia Percival and Jim Colquhoun, John Ardill and Joanne Grant; Colin, Brigitte and Rowan Ardill; Ian, Sarah, Mackenzie and Madison Ardill; Lindsay, Chris and Payge Warner; Lauren Bull; Justin Kaczmarek and Brennon Kaczmarek.
Heidi Armitage (2009)
Heidi Armitage, 43, wife, mother, daughter, sister and great friend to all who knew her, died peacefully September 30th, 2009, at home in Westport CT, surrounded by her loving family. With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Heidi lived life to the fullest. She always saw the good in everyone and everything, and she sparkled with fun wherever she went. She took her work seriously. She wasn’t a Stay-at-home-Mom; she was a Domestic Engineer. She wasn’t a Soccer Mom; she was a Soccer Manager. She volunteered consistently and conscientiously at Coleytown Elementary and was known by all. Her death came after a sixmonth battle with breast cancer. Throughout her brief illness, Heidi maintained her sunny disposition and her sense of humor, even when the chips were down. She turned every chemotherapy session into a party, with other patients and nurses crowding around her chair and helping her eat her favorite chocolates. She was, in everything she did, and to everyone she touched, an inspiration.
Heidi is survived and celebrated by her husband, Adam Green, and their children, Walker, 9, and Georgia, 7. By her parents, Bob Armitage and Carole Lipson and her husband Abbey, by her brother Bobby Armitage and his wife Natalie and their children Holden and Cassidy. Heidi will be remembered by her many devoted friends in Westport, in Canada and around the world.
A Memorial Service celebrating Heidi’s life will be held on Monday October 12th, at 4pm, at The Westport Country Playhouse. 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. A Canadian Memorial service will be held at a later date T.B.A. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Heidi Armitage to The Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk Hospital, Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06853
From The Globe and Mail.