2920 BONGARD, Ian Andrew – Class of 1952
Ian died peacefully, on Monday November 23, 2015, in the arms of his family. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Nancy (nee Turville) for over 59 years. Deeply loved father of Rob and Trish, and her husband John Godfrey, and the adored grandfather of Ian Godfrey.
Predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Gordon Bongard. Survived by his brothers Gordon and Blair, first cousins Strachan Bongard and Elsie Falconer, all of Toronto.
Lovingly remembered by Mary Ann and George Simpson, Bill and Sharon Turville and many nieces and nephews. Ian was born on May 25, 1928, in Toronto.
He was a graduate of University of Toronto Schools, Royal Military College, Kingston, and the University of Toronto and earned his degrees in Civil Engineering. He worked in the investment business his grandfather started, Bongard, Leslie.
Ian was a sailor, an athlete, and a sportsman and an early member of the Osler Bluff Ski Club, where he enjoyed skiing into his 81st year. The log cabin he and Nancy built ensured many years of fun and family memories. Ian was a gentleman and most importantly, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family in Toronto and Niagara on the Lake, where Ian and Nancy made their home for 35 years. Our family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Upper Canada Lodge, who were kind, caring and compassionate for the past 26 months, and exemplify what is great about our public health services. A service will be held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, Niagara on the Lake, on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mark’s Anglican Church, or to Upper Canada Lodge Long Term Care Home, PO Box 1390, 272 Wellington Street, Niagara on the Lake, L0S 1J0 would be greatly appreciated. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morganfuneral.com
3197 Captain Neil Roland Boivin (January 06, 1931 – April 05, 2016)
Born on January 6, 1931, in Bonfield, Ontario, he attended Royal Military College Kingston, Royal Roads Military College, and Greenwich Royal Naval College before joining active service as a RCN submariner. He had a long and distinguished career which took the family throughout the world, with foreign postings in the UK, Singapore, Australia, and Brussels where he served as Senior Staff Officer SACLANTREPEUR NATO HQ.
The majority of his career was spent at sea on both coasts, where he earned the privilege of commanding three Canadian Naval destroyers, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Skeena, and HMCS Yukon. He was extremely proud to have had the opportunity to be the inaugural Commanding Officer of the Navy’s first bilingual ship HMCS Ottawa. After 36 years of loyal and exemplary service he retired from the regular Navy in 1986 as the Chief of Staff (Readiness) Maritime Pacific Command.
Intelligent, energetic and mischievous, Dad lived life to the fullest especially enjoying camping, fishing and skiing. Dad volunteered countless hours teaching disabled children swimming with the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health. He logged many long walks with his faithful canine companions Yukon, Jake, and Buddy.
He is survived by his children, Janice (Murray), Michael (Bonnie), and Gerry (Sally), grandchildren Chris (Jennifer), Tyler (Hiromi), Andrew, and Arielle, great-grandchildren Ayanna, Alex, Abigail, Ethan, Maddox and Emmett, brothers Dick, Pat, and Ben and sister Ann. He was predeceased by his true love and wife Audrey, and his brother Danny.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff on the Aston Unit at Selkirk Place Assisted Living for the wonderful care and attention Dad received in the last two and a half years of his life. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice.
Neil was a true family man and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for early August.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
Published in The Times Colonist on Apr. 9, 2016