Obituaries October-November 2017

HARVEY CAMPBELL (employed from 1947-1980) Equipment, Parkdale Shop. Died on October 26, 2017 at age 97.

RAYMOND COLES (employed from 1975-2006) Subway Operations, Station Operations/Collectors. Died on November 10, 2017 at age 71.

JOHN DANIEL (employed from 1971-2013) Bus Maintenance and Shops, Duncan Shop. Died on October 27, 2017 at age 70.

ROBERT DOWNEY (employed from 1963-1993) Surface Operations, Birchmount Division. Died on November 16, 2017 at age 82.

BARBARA FOWLER (employed from 1988-2013) Surface Operations, Arrow Road Division. Died on November 9, 2017 at age 69.

RENATO GIANSANTI (employed from 1965-1987) Equipment, Duncan Shop. Died on October 27, 2017 at age 93.

GEORGE HANSRAJ (employed from 1974-1993) Surface Operations, Russell Division. Died on October 27, 2017 at age 88.

MICHAEL HOWLETT (employed from 1982-2011) Bus Maintenance and Shops, Eglinton Garage. Died on October 20, 2017 at age 58.

EDWIN MANHIRE (employed from 1968-1985) Equipment, Greenwood Shop. Died on November 21, 2017 at age 93.

MANUEL MOTA (employed from 1985-2016) Revenue Operations, Fare Media Distribution. Died on October 26, 2017 at age 56.

JAMES MUNRO (employed from 1965-1995) Operations Training Centre. Died on November 9, 2017 at age 75.

BILL PERRY (employed from 1999-2010) IT Services, Quality Assurance. Died on November 18, 2017 at age 72.

NICOLA RICCI (employed from 1966-1999) Operations, Harvey Shop, Motor Repair. Died on October 28, 2017 at age 82.

TREVOR ROBERTS (employed from 1972-2003) Surface Operations, Eglinton Division. Died on October 24, 2017 at age 79.

PETER ROSLYN (employed from 1967-1997) Surface Operations, Malvern Division. Died on October 31, 2017 at age 75.

DAVID SUTTON (employed from 2014-2017) Subway Operations, Subway Infrastructure, Structure Maintenance. Died on November 23, 2017 at age 47.

ELGIN VANWART (employed from 1947-1983) Transportation, Lansdowne Division. Died on October 22, 2017 at age 93.

RONALD WALKER (employed from 1962-1990) Transportation, Davenport Division. Died on October 31, 2017 at age 89.

FREDERICK WEBB (employed from 1968-1988) Transportation, Danforth Division. Died on November 6, 2017 at age 89.

In memory of my father

Dear Coupler,

Sadly my father Michael Howlett passed away on Oct. 20 of this year from his battle with cancer. I was hoping that I could have his obituary posted in his honor and the poem that I recited for him.

Michael Rod Howlett was born Feb. 17, 1959 in Springhill Nova Scotia and died Oct. 20, 2017 in Ottawa. Michael is survived by his soul mate Judy, his adoring daughter Penny and her husband Michael, his loving son Kevin and his wife Robyn and his two sweet grandsons, Matthew and Dylan. Michael left this world much too soon, but he will always be remembered as a loving and generous man who helped all those that needed it. He was a person of strong character and values, anyone close to him knew this and loved him for it. Mike’s card and fishing buddies will miss his easy laughter and high spirits. His smile and warmth will be missed by everyone near and far, from his family in Nova Scotia to his friends in Cuba. He lived as he wanted, did all he dreamed, was never unhappy and regretted nothing. Michael died a content man and he will live in our hearts forever.

Penny Jamieson, daughter

Moments Before

Moments before our walk that afternoon,
I realized the path ended too soon.
Not long enough to hold his hand,
this amazing person, this loving man.
Not long enough to engage his eyes
and remember his always brimming with pride.
Not long enough to stand by his side,
as he was by mine after every rough tide.
Not long enough to laugh with him still,
after every bad joke,
after every tough hill.
Not long enough to walk with this man,
who has taught me to be the person I am.
Not long enough as we walked by his wife,
to thank them both for my wonderful life.
In all the walks I've taken in my life,
first as a girl and now as a wife,
I'll remember that walk I took with my father
and always wish it could have been longer.

© Kelly Horn; Published February 2006

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