It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Torontow at home on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 after a long and gracious struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65 years old, having spent over 20 years afflicted with a disease that sapped nearly everything out of him; everything, that is, but his courage, grace and courtesy which remained untouched to the end.
He is survived by his best friend and wife Claire Verney and his adoring children Anna (Darren Seed), Emily, Laura (Mike Cicchillitti) and William (Rhian); his precious grandson Emmett Albert Michael Seed; his mother Norma and his brother Laurence (Silvia). He will be remembered by brother-in-law Peter Verney (Linda Barber), nieces Kristine Kakuno and Andrea Torontow, and nephew Michael Torontow. He is predeceased by his father Cyril Torontow, sister-in-law Ann Kakuno and her husband Fred Kakuno. We will miss him terribly.
Funeral service will be in the Sacred Space at Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, at 10 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2013 followed by a burial ceremony and a reception.
A memorial donation would be appreciated to Right to Play whose mission it is to promote “the use of sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease” at righttoplay.ca .