In Memoriam

We have been advised of the passing of the following members.

Marty Dumanski, Mary Madonna, Margaret Webb, Monika Marshall, Joyce McCrady, Carole Shaule, Robert Bailey, Dorothy Boville, Fennell Henkinson, Joyce Nicholls and Kevin Ross.
We are grateful for their memory, their service and their friendship and extend our sympathy to their family and friends.

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Maurice Upper says, “Thanks!”, in an amusing way!

Goodwill – Bernice Whalen

With heavy hearts we said good-bye to valued members: Elizabeth Gjos, Margaret Harbour, Margaret Webb, Charles Brown, Clair Crowley, Joseph LaPointe, Robert Allard, Rhona McClarty, David Lawrence, Barbara Lamb and Eila Virene.

Deepest sympathy to the following families upon the loss of treasured family members: Sandra Parisotto (Mother Imelda Parisotto), Sandra Gordon (daughter Shirley-Lynne Kimbrough), Marisa Sdao and Claude Sdao (Mother of Maisa Teresa Bozzo), Brian Janveau and Margaret Janveau (Sister-in-law Linette Janveau), Carmen Dowhaniuk (sister Linette Janveau), Thomas Henry (sister Marie Evoy) and Susan Allen (husband Stuart Graeme Allen).

In recognition of the bereavement $220 was sent to the Foundation, as well as sympathy cards to all families. If someone is not on our condolence list it is because of two possibilities: I had a technical problem with the computer which deleted previous records. I humbly apologize for the human error. A second reason may also be because I have not been informed. I lean heavily on the whole team to keep me up to date.

Twenty-three “Thinking of you cards” accompanied a lovely tin of Bavarian cookies. These were distributed to our members since November. They were delivered to those experiencing medical challenges.  

As a district, we have tried our best to reach out to our members experiencing health issues. We depend upon each one of you to keeping us informed. If I have missed anyone regarding illnesses or bereavement, please let me know. It is never too late to show we care. As a district it takes the whole team to effectively implement our Goodwill procedures. 

In a time of not meeting face to face, the telephone contact people have been a critical part of the communication. Better to have received ten phone calls or e-mails about the same thing than miss out comforting one of our members. Information I receive is always kept private and my experience is that the invisible hug from all of you is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Del Weber who has delivered many of the cookie goodwill parcels to those ill and offers to assist in any way needed. His kindness and teamwork have been truly appreciated.

One hundred and forty-eight birthday cards were sent to those 80+ since our December newsletter. In a time of pandemic, it is such a joyful sign to see our senior members enjoying their well-deserved retirement!  The Goodwill Birthday Committee members continue to operate on our behalf:  Barbara Perry, Cathy Pirrie, Rose-Marie Valade, Pat Pateman, Joanne Mancuso and Eileen Mitchell. These people are a crucial part of the goodwill team. Birthday cards are sent to all members 80+ in District 3.

A warm message from District 3 was inserted into sixty-two Christmas cards. The team effort was so evident with Gary Wills providing me with addresses for those 85+ within the city and with Chris Rous and Paul Marcon picking up the cookies from Metro. Special thanks to all the wonderful elves who delivered cookies to all these super seniors: Kathy Greening, Chris Rous, Gina and Wayne Greco, Barb Perry, Moyra O’Pallie, Carmelina and Rick Spry, Sherrill Dewar, Marie and Folgo Della Vedova, Marion and Bruce Avery, Joyce and Page Nicholson, Gary and Bonnie Wills, Bill Purnis and Florence Macleod as well as my teammate at home, Francis Whalen. Many hands did make the task less challenging.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people who have dropped off sympathy, birthday, thinking of you and Christmas cards to my house (189 Reid St.). The response continues to be unbelievable—-but of course we know that is District 3, an area noted for caring. These cards continue to keep costs down for our district and are appreciated by the people who receive them. Together we do make a difference!

Johnson Inc. contributions reach $1 million mark

We in District 3 know we can improve the aging experience. As a senior organization we recognize that Canada’s population is aging — and with the population shift, comes new challenges. We invest through the RTOERO Foundation in research, ideas and actions to build a better and healthier future for all of us as we age. The Foundation is part of the Canadian vision shared with our partners Johnson Inc. They have been a generous and reliable partner who have given a total of one million dollars since 2011. We at local level have donated approximately a $1000 each year in recognition of our deceased members and their families. The Foundation is fulfilling a critical role in supporting health research and delivering programs and solutions throughout Canada. We in District 3 actively share the vision of supporting healthy aging.

Do remember the RTOERO Foundation is a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for donations. By keeping the foundation in mind, we are keeping our members also at the forefront.

Please let us know if a member is in need of our local Goodwill services by contacting,

Bernice Whalen, RTOERO District 3 Goodwill

Note:  Many Funeral Homes have “In Memory” Donation cards, should family wish to designate the RTOERO Foundation as a recipient.

Information: The Passing of a Member

The passing of a family member is a difficult time for all concerned. The best advice for a prospective Estate Executor is to consult with, and accept the advice of, a qualified lawyer. Provincial laws are subject to change and may contain subtle phrasing beyond the knowledge of the average person. 

It is important that all members of RTOERO be aware of the following, in the event that they need to provide assistance to the surviving family. 

If the survivors themselves are not full members of RTOERO, they may not be aware that they may continue their coverage within the RTOERO Health Plans.

If their existing policy indicates Couple or Family coverage, then the survivors could be eligible for Membership, and therefore continued RTOERO Health Plan Coverage. 

This seamless transfer of membership would enable them to continue their existing coverage without the need for evidence of medical insurability. This request should be made within sixty days of the passing of the member.

• In order for survivors to continue with RTO-ERO Health Plan Benefits, the Executor needs to contact our Plan Administrator, Johnson Inc 1-877-406-9007 and request that a document entitled “Continuation of Benefits Form” be mailed to him/her. This form will require the name of the new Member.

• For this membership, a single fee is paid once a year in December (prorated during applications at any other time of the year). This form will also require the choice of the Health Plan(s) desired for continuation of coverage. Premiums are paid monthly. This form along with a death certificate would then be mailed as per the instructions on the form.

• If further information would be of assistance, then contact the RTOERO office at 1-800-361-9888 or 1-416-962-9463. You may also visit the Provincial website at