EDWIN GEORGE BUSCOMBE In his 96th year at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on January 28, 2014, Ed passed away after a short illness. He was predeceased by his wife Thelma (Harrison) and his brothers Howard and George. He is survived by his brother-in-law Neil Harrison and by his sisters-in-law Irene Hunter, Martha Buscombe, Jo Buscombe and their families. Ed will be missed by the Powell family of Oakville and his devoted friends Derek and Julie Fisher. Ed was a lifelong resident of Toronto, graduating from Danforth Tech. He and Thelma lived for over 50 years in the Alderwood area. During WWII, Ed joined the Army and after a year transferred to the Navy. He was a proud veteran of the Canadian Navy, having served from 1942-1945 on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He remained a member of the Navy Club. He was a Mason and member of the Rameses Shrine Temple. He was a member of High Park Lodge (now High Park Melita) since 1950, serving as a Past Master in 1966. He was Past Principal (1969-1970, 1995) of Occident Chapter No. 77 RAM and Preceptor of Cyrene Preceptory KC 29 (1973). He was a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Toronto Grand Lodge of Perfection. He was Past Grand Swordbearer of Grand Lodge (1983) and a member of Moore Sovereign Consistory (32 Degree Mason). He was Past President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Welders Association (1961-1962). Ed joined the Rameses Shrine Temple in 1959. He was Past President of Kingsway Shrine (1968) and a member of Leaside Shrine. Ed served a term on the Appointed Divan. Ed marched with the Drum Corps for over 50 years, serving a term as President and then Past President. He also was a member of the Steel Drum Band. He was a longtime member of the Eat and Argue Club. Ed remained active until shortly before his death, starting to tap dance when he was in his eighties. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW), on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. Remembrances in Ed's memory can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or the CNIB. Online condolences available through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 30, 2014