OBITUARY

Stanley George Sinclair Grizzle CM, O. Ont

November 18, 1918November 12, 2016

Grizzle, Stanley G., CM, O.Ont. Passed peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital on November 12, 2016, in his 98th year. A former Citizenship Court judge, railway porter, World War II veteran, political candidate and labour union activist, Stan was a dynamic force in the African Canadian civil rights community. Born in Toronto to Jamaican parents, and the oldest of seven children, Stan grew up to challenge the colour barrier that prevented Black Canadians from enjoying equal rights. At age 19 he co-founded the Young Men’s Negro Association of Toronto. As a soldier in Europe, Stan challenged the then-common practice of using soldiers of colour as butlers for senior officers. As a railway porter, he helped organize workers under the banner of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, serving as the local chapter’s president for 16 years. Constantly agitating for change, in 1954 he led activists to Ottawa to challenge the federal government for a more open immigration policy for Caribbean immigrants to Canada, and as a member of the Joint Labour Committee to Combat Racial Intolerance he focused on ensuring fair treatment for Blacks in employment and accommodation. He also served as the Toronto Chair of the Martin Luther King Fund on projects promoting change through non-violence. In 1960, Stan went to work for the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and in 1978 was appointed a Citizenship Court judge by Pierre Trudeau. Stan was the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Ontario in 1990, and the Order of Canada in 1995. In the 1990s, he was inducted into the Labour Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. In 2007, the City of Toronto named Stanley G. Grizzle Park in his honour, at Main and Danforth in Toronto, and in 2013 he was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Ontario Government. He leaves behind six children, Patricia, Nerene, Pamela, Stanley, Latanya, and Sonya, and foster son Ricky Hurst, 14 Grandchildren and many Great Grandchildren. A private family service was held. A celebration of his life and legacy will be announced at a later date.

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Stanley George Sinclair Grizzle CM, O. Ont

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Jahmila Martin

February 14, 2018

I met you as a child in elementary school. I was so honoured and in awe. I was so proud of the fact that I had met someone so wonderful. Years to follow I wrote many papers on you and your contributions.


It breaks my heart to know one my of heroes is gone and I am two years late.


I know you are resting peacefully.

Thank you for everything you did.

Joan Dove

August 2, 2017

Joan Dove

May 12, 2017

This is my grand uncle from my mother's side of the family. My mom was Francella Grizzle. Grand Uncle stayed with me three months per year in Jamaica where he would come every year to escape the cold weather. He stayed at the hotel I was managing for two consecutive years and one year after that I moved on to another property however he had become a member of the El Greco Resort Family and loved by the staff, so he remained a faithful guest there until no longer able to make the trip.
May his soul rest in peace. I have his book that he gave me " My name is not George." that depicts a part of his life. Dr. Joan Dove

Patrice Gayle

February 3, 2017

Mr. Grizzle rest in peace, I will surely miss you, I never meet you in person, but talking to you over the phone so many times, was an honor, my nephews Damion and Jahmarley Grizzle will missed you. Mr. Grizzle you were educator and historian, you educated me about Canada and told me so many history about yourself and your family, and Canada. I always remember that story about you dad being a cab driver at Front street, and what happen to him when he fell asleep.

Kathy Grant

December 4, 2016

Sam Lewis

November 29, 2016

Another of our heroes has gone home. His contribution, like that of so many others who have gone before him, must stand out as a beacon to our youth. Great things can be achieved by committed people. Rest in eternal peace, Sir.

Henry Gomez

November 28, 2016

May you RIP, Stan. Condolences and continued blessings to family members.

Steven Milton

November 28, 2016

Kathy and the organization she pilots ensured members of the Black community, and most importantly, military members of the Black community, got to know this man. His life journey is one that can be emulated and taught to all the youth of today.

Nadine Williams

November 28, 2016

That fire in your eyes and yes even your roar too! You will be greatly missed, Justice Grizzle, sleep well, that is until it is time to roll thunder down to earth from heaven!

Dorothy Abbott

November 28, 2016

Condolences to the family and friends of Stanley Grizzle on behalf of the Ontario Black History Society. The OBHS very much appreciated his staunch support over the years. Many memories created and shared over the years.