OBITUARY

Ivan Andrew Grant Tees

September 21, 1932October 6, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Born September 21, 1932 in Agincourt, ON, died October 6, 2019 in Brampton. Ivan grew up in the small coal-mining town of Minto, NB with his brother, Malcolm. He left at age 17 for Toronto, where he worked and met Bill Dodds; together they travelled to Port Alberni, BC, to work in a lumber camp. Years later back in Toronto, Ivan met Cecile and they were married on Oct 1, 1960 (they recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary). Ivan enjoyed being with people, organizing events, bringing people together, and he loved a spirited conversation. He was very active in the community, dedicating years of service to the Masons, Shriners, Victim Services, Buck Lake Sportsman’s Club, Bridge Prisoner Support, PROBUS and many others. Ivan felt that he was the luckiest guy in the world and wherever he went, he tried to have fun. In recent years he loved riding his Suzuki scooter, which he got for his 85th birthday, and he was passionate about working at the ADESA car auction, both of which he did right up until he passed. Lovingly remembered by his wife Cecile, son Greg (Isabel), granddaughter Sam as well as nieces and nephews in Sault Ste. Marie and the Maritimes. A memorial visitation will be held at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre (8190 Dixie Road, Brampton, ON) on Sunday, October 27th from 12-1pm. A Celebration of Ivan’s Life will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1pm. Refreshments to follow from 2-4:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Ivan.

Services

27 October

Memorial Visitation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Andrews Community Funeral Centre - Bramalea Chapel

8190 Dixie Road
Brampton, ON

27 October

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Andrews Community Funeral Centre - Bramalea Chapel

8190 Dixie Road
Brampton, ON

Memories

Ivan Andrew Grant Tees

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Carol Fulton

October 16, 2019

I remember Ivan from my days working at ADESA Auctions. You could always count on Ivan to be standing tall and proud at his post at the doors leading onto the auction floor. He had such a sweet disposition and truly love his job. My memory of him will always be, seeing him standing at those doors all dressed up in his tuxedo welcoming each and every customer with that huge smile and warm handshake. Rest in peace dear Ivan. Heaven has received another beautiful Angel. God Bless your family and friends as they come to terms with your passing.
It was an honour to know you.

Carol Fulton

David Tees

October 16, 2019

Cecile and Greg
Please accept my sincerest condolences . Ivan’s passing I am sure is a shock to us all. He seemed invincible even as he aged chronologically but never in spirit. He has always been a role model for many things such as staying physically active ,engaging with community, people and history.
He was a man of his time and more than willing always to give of his time. He could always be counted on and would infuse any gathering with perspectives that were valuable even if not the same as others. His influence on me and my family will be forever cherished. . He will be sadly missed by us all

Greg Gordon

October 16, 2019

Many Thanks & Gratitude prevail as we memorialize Uncle Ivan...As such Great influence to many, he was and will always remain in my memory, one who galvanized my understanding that beyond the fun and frolic and all things relating to this world's definition of success, there's SO much more...I might have completely missed ever knowing my personal Lord and Savior, had I not been given opportunity on more than one occasion to find the absolute truth, because of such contrast...Aunt Cecil, Greg, Isobel, Sam and to all the rest, may your everlasting comfort now be found as you lay to rest the man, and may you continue to be governed by all that LOVE and it's ONLY Author can ever reveal...if only you in the quietest of moments, most honestly actually ever and forever see

Tim Coyne

October 14, 2019

Dear Cecile, Greg and Family:

"Reminiscing" by Pauline (Tees) Coyne.

Annually, Ivan would drive up to Sault Ste Marie to visit his 1st cousin (Pauline), then drive to Rock Lake to explore the homestead where their fathers grew up. The following is what my 95 year old mother recalls of one of those trips.

"What a beautiful day it's turning out to be. It's early June and I'm waiting for Ivan, his son Greg and nephew Brian to pick me up so we can have a quick breakfast then off to Rock Lake in search of Tees' Pond. The trail into Tees' Pond was rough and rocky however Ivan's Jeep was up to the task as long as Greg and Brian would remove fallen trees, stumps and boulders from our path. Tree branches would slap our faces as if to try to instill some common sense into us as we forged ahead. We never did make it to Tees' Pond that day, but there will be other days. Instead we decided to visit Joe and Jean Kettles where we had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty.

After our visit, we were off to the Royal Canadian Legion in Bruce Mines to renew old acquaintances and pour through old pictures of friends and relatives who served our Country during times of conflict.

Then it was over to St. Joe's Island to Hilton Beach and the "Tilton Hilton" Hotel for dinner. After dinner, on our way home, I thanked them all for including me on such a wonderful day, full of cherished memories.

Last week when Greg called me to advise of Ivan's passing, I looked outside to the dark and dreary October day, knowing that there will be more days like this in the months ahead. However, I also know that spring will arrive and warm, sunny days will follow...it's simply a circle of life"

Happy Memories...so long cousin!

Pauline Coyne

Pam Urie

October 12, 2019

Dear Cecile, Greg, and Family,
Gord and I are so sorry to hear of Ivan's passing. He was a dear friend and colleague, always there to pitch in and help anyone. We enjoyed many company social events that Ivan organized, and we both appreciated the many spirited conversations we had with him over the years (always with that lively twinkle in his eye when he was being controversial). He has always held a special place in my heart.
Pam

Cas Herold

October 12, 2019

Cecile and Greg. Your husband and dad was a wonderful man, as you know. When I first met him and Greg at Buck Lake I knew I had found a kindred spirit- who always carefully and thoughtfully said what he was thinking. I am glad that we reconnected in recent years and shared some good times together. He will be missed by you, and by the community he so energetically helped and supported. I expect to join you on the 27th

Charlene & Ed Kalandyk

October 10, 2019

Ed and I are sending to each of you our deepest sympathy. The Sault Ste Marie Kettles side of the family didn't get to know the Tees side until we moved to Mississauga. That one phone call changed our lives forever. We spent many wonderful Thanksgiving weekends (costumes and all) or family weekends at Buck Lake. Ed was introduced to hunting deer, moose, partridge and pheasant. Ivan was a leader at camp making sure breakfast was ready, coffee on at 7 am so that we could go out on the trails. Watching him race over the dirt roads on his motorcycle or 4 wheeler showed his skill as well as a little bit of dare devil in him. Ivan was also the mash potato maker - he is the only one that could do it correctly he would say - didn't hesitate to let us know that and happily taught us.
We all enjoyed listening to his many thoughts and ideas whether it be religion, politics or solving the world's problems. He never did a half fast job in anything he took on. He was compassionate and dedicated to his many philanthropies - he was a great recruiter for the causes dear to his heart. He was the one that kept in touch with all the family and was interested in each one of our lives. He was one of a kind loved by all. When I would phone him it started off with "how is my favourite uncle doing today, this is your favourite niece calling". You will always be in our hearts and missed.

Linda Jahns

October 10, 2019

Dear Cecile, Greg & Family,
As part of the "Coulter" family, Ivan was the patriarch. He made every event fun with his enthusiasm and wit. The lunchroom was always full of laughter when he was in it. We all have so many wonderful memories. He made a point of attending all of our Coulter gatherings and always checked with me to see when the next one would be. He was truly a remarkable human being. He will always have a special place in my heart.
My sincere condolences to each of you. God Bless
Linda Jahns

Bob Tees

October 10, 2019

Sincere condolences to Aunt Cecile and Greg. Ivan was the best Uncle I could have asked for, he was a great teacher, role model, always a gentleman and knew how to have fun. He’s one of the few people I know that had complete personal fulfillment in life, and no one had more fun and laughter achieving it. You always knew Ivan had your back, anytime, anywhere or anyone, you could count on him to be there! He changed a tire on my bother and wife's wedding car, without anyone knowing, that a prankster had let the air out. We found out who it was by the look on his face when the car drove away seamlessly. We’ll all miss that huge personality, smile and banter, but anyone’s life Ivan touched will remember him forever as he was truly “one of a kind”. Love Bob, Tracy (Matt&Ben)

JOHN MACDONALD

October 10, 2019

Mr Tees was always a real gentleman. I met him on one of my first trips to our Head Office 20 years ago as a young guy working at the auction. He was a very neat guy that made it an impressive feeling at his post and I learned from him how it was everyone's role to make every interaction a positive one. I only saw him once every few years and always looked forward to chatting with him. My deepest condolences and thoughts of comfort to all his family and friends.