It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that my brother and I share the announcement of our father’s peaceful passing on June 19th at Health Sciences North. Dad (Ivan) was born in Espanola on August 10, 1941 to Irene and Simeon. He was the second oldest of 14 children. Mourning him as well are his siblings, Romeo, Fern, Simone, Lorraine, Nan, Pete, Ron, Stan, Roderick, Don, Marcel (Len and Georgette pre-deceased) and their respective families. His legacy of love will live on with us and in us forever, Lisa (Sam), Tim (Miguel pre-deceased April 28, 2020) and his partner Leona and her family. Dad adored his grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Samantha. The sun rose and set on them. He was so proud of them, so active in their lives and so positively influenced and impacted their lives. Our father led a very simple and natural life especially during his retirement years. He loved being outdoors, gardening, fishing, blueberry picking, just puttering in his yard. His only real vice was his love of casinos whether they be in Vegas, the Caribbean, Orillia or Sault. Ste. Marie. Our dad was a very successful businessman with an incredible work ethic to ensure his family was always so well provided for. Dad was a Class A mechanic who owned and operated his first service station at the corner of Lorne and Douglas, a Fina which then became a Petro-Canada and then added his second station, a British Petroleum further down Lorne Street. Dad was always focused on providing the best customer service well before customer service was a marketing buzz word. Dad was often a man of few words, such a quiet, gentle soul, always listening, observing, reflecting yet ever ready to provide help and support whether it be to his family members, friends or neighbours. Our father had a huge heart and was always able to easily win the affection of small children and animals (especially dogs), both exceptional judges of character. Dad was incredibly fortunate and blessed to have been the recipient of two islet cell transplants that we know allowed him to be with us longer, live a longer life, a better quality of life. These donors literally provided the “gift of life” to our father. We are forever grateful. To honour our dad, we encourage you to please sign your organ donation card. Should you wish, our family gratefully acknowledges any memorial donations in our father’s name to The Canadian Diabetes Association. We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the health care professionals at the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit of Health Sciences North especially registered nurses Maria and Debbie for their compassion, caring and professionalism who helped our father pass peacefully, respectfully and with dignity. We love you so much Dad !! We miss you terribly already !! Until we meet again and are all reunited....To respect and honour our father’s wishes, cremation will occur with a Celebration of Life to occur at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Simple Wishes Of The North.
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