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Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes

6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Dr. Glasier Somerville

July 2, 1934July 28, 2019

Dr. Glasier Mitchell Somerville, BSc MD FRCSC

Willowdale, Ontario–Glasier passed away peacefully with his entire family by his side, at home on Sunday July 28, 2019. Born in Bristol, New Brunswick on July 2, 1934 to the late Dr. Donald and Helen Somerville. Beloved husband to Dr. Josephine Somerville (nee McFadgen). Dearly missed father to his five children, John (Jane), Dr. Susan(Peter), Peter (Darla), Lloyd (Renee) and Dr. Donald (Cathy). Grandfather to David, Jessica, Victoria, Olivia, Sarah (Chris), Parker, Tyler, Rebecca, Charlie, William, Ruth, Hazel, Mitchell and Great-Grandfather to Jack Hudson Glasier Rhind. Glasier also had many nieces and nephews from the MacLean, Ainsworth and McFadgen families.Cherished by sisters-in-law Bev Parsons (Trevor), Myrtle Bailey (Wayne) and brother-in-law Robert McFadgen (Mabel). Predeceased by his older brother Donald Andrew Jr. Survived by his loving sisters Suzanne MacLean and Janice Ainsworth (Rod).

Glasier graduated from Rothesay Collegiate School. He then went on to pursue his passion for science, medicine, and ophthalmology at university, attaining degrees from University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University and University of Toronto. Glasier had a long, rewarding and distinguished career as a Toronto ophthalmologist. He was associated with North York General Branson and Sunnybrook hospitals in addition to the Toronto Eye Clinic. He had a unique, caring rapport with his patients and was renowned for his attention to the details of their lives and families. Throughout Glasier’s life, he loved history, music, current events, politics, reading and cars. He embraced technology and gardening.He also enjoyed travelling to his home in DeBary, Florida and the cottage at Grand Lake, New Brunswick.

He was a lifelong Conservative, belonging to and holding an honorary membership at The Albany Club and a member of The Granite Club.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 31, 2019 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Jerrett Funeral Homes, 6191 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2M 4K4. The funeral will be held in the chapel on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 2:00PM.

The family asks for donations to be made to Scotchtown United Church, c/o Flora Atyeo, 1111 Route 690, Maquapic Lake, New Brunswick E4B 1R2

Condolences may be sent to https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/toronto-on/glasier-somerville-8791838

  • DONATIONS

  • Scotchtown United Church

Services

  • Visiting Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Dr. Glasier Somerville

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Sam Bryks

August 14, 2019

My sincere condolences to Dr. Somerville's family. I know he was a wonderful person with a spirit of care and generosity and love.
I was one of his patients and always felt very glad to be in his care. He cared wonderfully for my late father whose vision was impaired because of cataracts and a genetic disorder. Others had decided there was nothing to be done, but Dr. Somerville undertook a process of care that was very thoughtful and gave my father reasonable vision for the rest of his life. I am sure he did similar things for many others. With thanks. I do know that his memory and presence will be with you for all of your lives as a blessing he gave.
Sam Bryks Toronto

Nicole Amoabeng

August 14, 2019

Dear Dr. J. Somerville and family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your beloved husband and father. The care, devotion and commitment you showed Dr. Somerville is a testament to the deep love you had for him. May your hearts be comforted, and may peace be yours always. Praying for grace and strength for your family at this time.
Sincerely,
Nicole (nurse)

Gordon Somerville

August 6, 2019

Jo and family,
Gordon and I send our sympathy and prayers to you and your
family at this very difficult time. We have fond memories of your visit to us in Green Valley, Az. and of Somerville family get togethers in Bristol.
Glasier will be missed, so continue to share all those wonderful memories that have been made through the years often.
In sympathy and caring, Gordon and Mary

Jacqueline Weiss

August 6, 2019

Dear Don
Very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father.
I only meet him once in your office, and that’s all it took for me to know how proud he was of his kids and his life , and see he’s an exceptional man, I could only imagine what a great father he was.
My family and I offer our deepest sympathies to the family and to you.
Sincerely
Jackie (The Weiss family)

Myra Sourkes

August 2, 2019

Dear Jo
I was very sorry to learn of your loss and I send you my sympathies.
Myra Sourkes

David Mitchell

August 2, 2019

My thoughts are with Jo and family at this sad time. Despite the inevitability of death for all of us, I was shocked and saddened to hear the that Glasier has left us. His mother and my father grew up as first cousins and next door neighbours so our families were very close, with frequent visits. Glasier visited often for Sunday dinner while at Rothesay Collegiate and he and Jo were frequent visitors during their year as interns. After decades of living far apart it gave me great pleasure to see Glasier and Jo several times in recent years. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Joey & Ingrid Rea

August 1, 2019

My memories are overwhelming of this beautiful man and his family that I have spent so much of my youthful days with. The loving ways of Glacier and Josephine as a beautiful couple that have always welcomed all of their children’s friends into their loving home has placed a special mark on my heart as the man I am today. I can look back upon my memories and remember all of the adventures that I have had at the cottage and my friendship with Lloyd and all of the other siblings. Glacier was always such an inspiration to everyone all around us, all though we didn’t realize it then how much of an inspiration he truly was. Glacier was one of the greatest! I will never forget the day that Lloyd told me to call his dad “Ice Man” it just didn’t register at first but made sense later why his nickname was just that! Glacier was a cool cat, a loving dad, a great mentor, a role model to look up to, some of my best younger memories were with this amazing family and I am incredibly grateful for that. We will all miss you Glacier, may you look over your family with much love for all of eternity. The heavens have received a beautiful soul to add to their collection of Angels.

Sincerely many wishes of love from both my wife and myself,

Ingrid & Joey Rea xoxo

Joey Rea

August 1, 2019

My memories are overwhelming of this beautiful man and his family that I have spent so much of my youthful days with. The loving ways of Glacier and Josephine as a beautiful couple that have always welcomed all of their children’s friends into their loving home has placed a special mark on my heart as the man I am today. I can look back upon my memories and remember all of the adventures that I have had at the cottage and my friendship with Lloyd and all of the other siblings. Glacier was always such an inspiration to everyone all around us, all though we didn’t realize it then how much of an inspiration he truly was. Glacier was one of the greatest! I will never forget the day that Lloyd told me to call his dad “Ice Man” it just didn’t register at first but made sense later why his nickname was just that! Glacier was a cool cat, a loving dad, a great mentor, a role model to look up to, some of my best younger memories were with this amazing family and I am incredibly grateful for that. We will all miss you Glacier, may you look over your family with much love for all of eternity. The heavens have received a beautiful soul to add to their collection of Angels.

Sincerely many wishes of love from both my wife and myself,

Ingrid & Joey Rea xoxo

Christine Schiavo

August 1, 2019

Dear Lloyd, Renee & The Somerville Family,
My deepest condolences. What a remarkable man your father was. I didn't know him but I have read his obituary and he gave his heart and soul to everyone around him. I wish you comfort during this difficult time. Thinking of you and sending prayers to your family.

Malcolm Randall

August 1, 2019

Dear Jo and the Somerville Family,

My encounters with older cousin Glasier were too few and far between. He was a gentleman of integrity and love with a gentle spirit that could calm any soul. Glasier inherited these characteristics from a Father and Mother who modelled them well as I experienced as a young boy in my many visits to their Bristol NB home, hosted graciously by Aunt Helen and the dental office of Dr Donald Somerville, my jovial Uncle Don. Yes, Glasier helped me relive these boyhood memories with his wit and charm. Of course I will never forget the hand-me-down-clothes, etc., that I had the pleasure of wearing as a young boy, including those beaver skin boots.
Glasier was an inspiration to me as I pursued researching family history, relations and our common heritage. His laugh was an echo of his father’s laugh that I remember so well in that dental chair from a time that is now long ago. As I review the lovely condolences herein I realize that we have experienced an ‘Angel’ in our midst.

FROM THE FAMILY