OBITUARY

Edward James McIlwain

March 7, 1926January 18, 2013
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Edward James McIlwain

1926 - 2013

Passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 18, 2013 at his home, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Mary (Casella). Loving father of Beverly, Linda De Giorgio (Nick), Cindy, Kelly (Jim Prymak). Proud and devoted grandfather to Michael and Anthony. Edward was born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). After following Mary to Toronto in 1948, they wed in 1950 and raised their four girls. Ed worked in the construction industry as a plasterer until his retirement. He took great delight in his grandsons' achievements, including their sports pursuits, from Little League Baseball to University of Toronto Varsity Blues Basketball, where all the players knew him as "Pops". He is survived by his sister Wilma Ventrudo (Bert) of Thunder Bay and his brother-in-law Joseph "Pino" Casella of Toronto. Ed was predeceased by his sister Norah Gilham (Albert), his brother Henry "Harry" (Beatrice), his sister Kathleen "Kay" Sample and his Casella family in-laws. He will be missed by Carole, Donna, Carla and his many other nieces and nephews. We will all remember his kind spirit, his never-ending work ethic and his devotion to his family and friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (1 block east of Dufferin St.) on Wednesday from 7-9pm and on Thursday from 3-5pm & 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be on Friday, January 25, 2013 in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11am. Interment to follow at Prospect Cemetery. If desired, donations in Edwards’ memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Please visit www.jerrettfuneralhome.ca to send online condolences or tributes.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Burial Friday, January 25, 2013
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Edward James McIlwain

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Aaron Bleiwas

January 26, 2013

Dear Kelly, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Carol & Aaron Bleiwas

Kelly Bontje

January 26, 2013

Cindy, my sincere and deepest condolences for your loss - thinking of you at this difficult time.

Tina Nicholson

January 24, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

January 24, 2013

I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. He will be missed.
Sandy Casella and Family

Barb & Charles Paris

January 23, 2013

Sometimes people come into your life and leave an indelible mark. Pops was such a man. His love for his girls and his grandsons was very evident. We loved spending time with him as we supported the Varsity Blues all across this province. He was always front and centre at games; whether in his special seat at the AC or in the front row at every University gym. He loved his basketball and was a comforting fixture at every game. All the players had a moment to greet Pops before a game and he always had a kind word and a great laugh. He will be truly missed. Our sincere sympathies to you all.

Ken & Marilyn Devine

January 23, 2013

Beverly, our thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time.

Joanne Galego

January 23, 2013

My deepest condolences to you girls. I will always remember what a great man he was.

Joanne Galego-Reale

January 23, 2013

My deepest sympathies to you girls. I will always remember the great man he was.

Bryan & Erika Maier

January 23, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the loss of Uncle Ed. I always considered him as my second dad. We will greatly miss him. Condolences to the entire McIlwain family and De Giorgio's.

Ted Welsman

January 23, 2013

I remenber a trip that Eddie and I took to Thunder Bay to visit his family and friends in my brand new 1971 Chevy Vega. First thing he said when he got into the car "Geez Ted, couldn't you get a bigger car!". At that we both started laughing and rub shoulders all the way to Thunder Bay and back. He will be missed.