NTCI Obituaries

In Memoriam:

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Christie Mary Blatchford (’70)

Renowned Canadian journalist Christie Blatchford was a force to be reckoned with. Born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, she had already started high school when her family moved to Toronto, where NTCI was her school of choice. After Grade 13, Christie studied journalism at Ryerson, and was named the leading journalism graduate.

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A special tribute to Barbara Kamienski (’71)

Loyal friend, trusted colleague, brilliant musician, stellar editor, beloved wife and mother—these are all phrases that describe Barbara Kamienski, a much loved and respected member of the North Toronto Foundation Advisory Board who lost her battle with cancer in June 2019. Born in Winnipeg, Barbara was nine when she moved to Toronto with her mother. … Continue reading A special tribute to Barbara Kamienski (’71)

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Air Marshall Chief Sir David George Evans (’41)

Sir David Evans was a Second World War pilot and decorated senior commander of the Royal Air Force (Britain). Born in Windsor, Ontario, on July 14, 1924, David was educated in Toronto at Hodgson Public School and NTCI. David joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 and trained as a pilot in Canada. After receiving … Continue reading Air Marshall Chief Sir David George Evans (’41)

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Michael (“Mike”) Lee Tzekas (’69)

NTCI lost a loyal, long-time supporter of the school when Mike Tzekas passed after a long battle with cancer. Born in Greece, Mike immigrated to Canada at the age of four. After attending Deer Park Public School, he became part of NT’s close-knit class of ’69 and was involved with the planning of its 50th … Continue reading Michael (“Mike”) Lee Tzekas (’69)

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Donna Britten (Wakelin) (’58)

Donna’s life motto was that you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. She lived each day with a grateful spirit and taught those around her to never lose their own voice. A voracious reader, Donna was also a skilled pianist, exceptional communicator, and a passionate … Continue reading Donna Britten (Wakelin) (’58)

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Ralph Halbert (’48) (1930-2018)

On December 4, 2018, Canada lost a noted visionary and philanthropist, Ralph Halbert. Born in Toronto in 1930, Ralph graduated from NTCI in 1948 having been both a strong student and athlete. He went on to attend the University of Toronto, graduating in 1954 with a degree in dentistry, and continued his studies at the … Continue reading Ralph Halbert (’48) (1930-2018)

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Robert (Bob) LeRoy (’61) (1943-2018)

Robert James LeRoy, one of Canada’s foremost theoretical chemists and a North Toronto grad, passed away August 10, 2018, at the age of 74. The second of four brothers, all of whom attended NTCI between 1955 and 1967, Bob was a keen and talented student. His brother John (’67) recalled: “I remember in his final … Continue reading Robert (Bob) LeRoy (’61) (1943-2018)

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Charles Albert “Bud” Hill, NT Staff (‘62-’69) (1929-2018)

Bud’s obituary was simple – “Charles “Bud” Hill was born on July 12, 1929 and passed away on May 3, 2018”. No doubt somewhere along the line, Bud had told his family that he wanted nothing fussy, “just the facts, man”. However, in between the day he came into the world and the day he … Continue reading Charles Albert “Bud” Hill, NT Staff (‘62-’69) (1929-2018)

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James Laxer (’60) (1941-2018)

On February 23 2018, during a research trip to Paris, France, NT grad James “Jim” Laxer, suffered a fatal heart attack. A political economist, well-known intellectual and political activist, Jim was a professor in the Department of Equity Studies, York University at the time of his passing. Born in Montreal on December 22, 1941 into … Continue reading James Laxer (’60) (1941-2018)

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Remembering Gerald Dunlevie

Mr. Dunlevie was a gentleman through and through. He was always dressed in a dapper suit, often with a bow tie, and I imagine he looked very much the same as he did as a first-year teacher when my mother was at Oakwood Collegiate in his very first Grade 13 Latin class. Mr. Dunlevie wrote … Continue reading Remembering Gerald Dunlevie

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