DR. DONALD BATES MONTGOMERY “Monty”
With much love and sadness, we announce the death of Dr. Donald Bates Montgomery, our dad, on September 23, 2018, peacefully after a cardiac event, two weeks before his 89th birthday. Beloved husband for 51 years of Molly (deceased 2014). Loving father of Kathryn (Tom Cronin), Heather, and predeceased by dear son Andrew (Cheryl). Proud “Pop” to Scott, Andrew & Michael Cronin, Jaime & Elliot Procter, and Lauren & Madison Montgomery. Son of the late Dr. R.C. (Cliff) and Margaret Montgomery. Big brother to his late sisters Mary and Jane (Trevor Eyton). Fondly remembered and missed by his extended de Haas, Eyton and Jackson families. Dad (also known as “Monty”) attended Deer Park, Brown and University of Toronto Schools, finishing high school at the age of 16. He was a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, class of 1954, and pursued a specialty in Internal Medicine. A bright, devoted and compassionate physician, he practiced at the Queensway General Hospital in Etobicoke for his entire career until his retirement in 1997. He was Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Queensway for 16 of those years. Dad enjoyed racquet sports (U of T varsity squash) and met Molly on the tennis court at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. Within eight months of meeting they became engaged, and the rest is history. They made a great team and enjoyed a wide and consistent group of lifelong friends. Dad was happiest spending time with Molly and family and friends in special places including Craigleith Ski Club, Kennisis Lake, and Lake of Bays. Dad valued family, education, hard work, determination, and kindness, and together he and Mum instilled these core values in us kids. He was an avid skier, reader, and card player (bridge and cribbage were favourites) and enjoyed music. We will miss his unconditional love and support, his encouragement, and his quirky sense of humour. He was an original. Our sincere thanks to Monica Byrne, Marlene Dixon and the caring staff at the Balmoral Club, who made a comfortable home for Dad in recent years. A visitation will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home in Toronto (159 Eglinton Ave W) on Monday, October 15, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Monty’s life will be held at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge St) on Tuesday, October 16, at 1 p.m., with a reception following at the church. A private interment will occur at the St Ambrose’s Anglican Cemetery in Baysville, Ontario at a later date. Donations made in memory of Dad to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or a hospital of your choice would be welcomed.
October 7, 1 929 - September 23, 2018