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Information regarding the Montgomery Celebration of Life (March 24th 2018)
Dear family and friends of Mark and Caroline Montgomery,
No doubt that the deeply sad news may have reached you regarding the tragic loss of our dear friends Mark and his beautiful daughter Caroline on January 9th in Montecito, California. Please see below for details regarding A Celebration of Life being held on March 24th in Toronto.
Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club
141 Wilson Avenue, Toronto Ontario
March 24th 2018, 1:30 PM
Limited parking available across the street at Armour Heights School.
It would be most appreciated if you would take a moment to visit our event site to indicate if plan to attend:
Also we would be pleased to have any photos that you feel could be included in the slide presentation at the event. Please visit our photo drop box here.
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.
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.
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
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.