Ottawa Citizen : 2020-08-05

Obituaries : 28 : NP14


NP14 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 OTTAWA CITIZEN THOMAS, Fitzroy Joseph Edward September 23, 1931 - July 29, 2020 Fitzroy Thomas was born to the late Alexander and Rosalind (Salandy) Thomas in Cunapo, Trinidad on September 23, 1931. After a difficult recovery from an emergency surgical procedure, Fitzroy passed away in Ottawa, Ontario on July 29, 2020, at the age of 88. Fitzroy was the adoring and dedicated father of Cindy-Ann Thomas, Esq. of Charlotte, NC. He was also the proud grandfathe­r of three boys - Kai, Jona, and Shay. Fitzroy leaves behind numerous other family members, including his 3 treasured sisters - Ruth, Joyce (Saunders), and Marjorie (Smith); 3 special brothers Albert, Vernon, and Leroy; his 2 closest friends, Dr. Gaston Franklin and Dr. Cletus Peters; Aidian; and his precious "Angel Crew of Two" - Debbie Abfalter and Carleen Campbell. Fitzroy was predecease­d by his eldest sister Elaine, his little brother Cecil, and his one and only love and wife, Doreen Richardson. As a youth in his native Trinidad, "Fitz" enjoyed attending home parties with his siblings and close friends, playing soccer, and live calypso and jazz orchestra bands. As an adult, he was a teacher in Trinidad and then in Canada, after attending Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal, Quebec, where he obtained his B.A., in 1967. Pensive, loyal, charming, patient, eloquent, and maddeningl­y discipline­d, he was a life-long learner who always displayed a sophistica­ted wizardry with words. He was most passionate about political discourse, CNN, Billie Holiday, a good steak, fine wine, gardening, long walks, and, most notably, his independen­ce. Fitzroy was a perpetual prankster who was always the "life of the party", wherever he went, with a mischievou­s smile to match the ever-radiant twinkle in his eyes that seemed positively inextingui­shable - until now. May Fitzroy's light continue to shine through everyone whose heart he touched in life. Cindy-Ann extends her greatest and warmest gratitude to the staff and physicians at the Ottawa Civic Hospital - with a very special mention for the Transition­al Care Unit (TCU) on E5 for working so tirelessly and compassion­ately to bridge the physical gap between Fitzroy and his daughter, on a daily basis, during the last 12 weeks of Fitzroy's life. As a result of the current pandemic, no services will be held. A Celebratio­n of Fitzroy's Life will take place as soon as one can safely be held. Condolence­s may be left in the online guestbook below or sent to 12708 Franklin Park Lane, Huntersvil­le, NC, 28078, USA. TUFTS, Jo-Anne (nee Regnier) Peacefully at home on Friday, July 31 (age 65) surrounded by family, as she wanted, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Loving spouse to the late Murray Tufts, mother to Jared and Morgan, grandmothe­r to Scarlett and Murcedez, sister to Diane Bregg (Peter), Michael Regnier (Joanne deceased), Darlene Parsons (Peter), predecease­d by her sister Suzanne Regnier. Jo-Anne leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncle, nine nieces and nephews, including Trae Bregg who was with her throughout her final days. Jo-Anne is known as a most generous person by her numerous friends. She is fondly remembered by her colleagues at various schools, most recently York Street P.S. and her fellow Kiwanis volunteers. She is missed by her S&B buddies and lifelong friends Marguerite and Randy Born. Jo-Anne enjoyed her love of food, restaurant­s, shopping and especially her trips to Mexico with Diane, Peter, Darlene, Brenda and Doug. A private family funeral service will be held at Hulse, Playfair and McGarry where strict Covid-19 protocols are in place. A virtual-access link will be available on their web site. A celebratio­n of Jo-Anne’s life will be held at a later date when Covid-19 restrictio­ns are eased. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Canadian Cancer Society and the Orleans Kiwanis Club http://www.orleanskiw­­is.html Condolence­s / Tributes / Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 613-748-1200 In Memoriams In Loving Memory Of Adam Joseph May Dec. 28, 1988 - Aug. 5, 2006 The love of our lives.

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