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Our wonderful father, Edward Wearne Prinn, known to those who loved him as Ted, passed away on March 16th, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer, and a difficult recovery from a prior heart attack. Ted was beloved to his daughter Erica, his son-in-law Mike, and his grandson Austin with whom Ted had become extremely close in recent years. Although further afield, Ted's absence will be acutely felt by his son David, his grand-daughters Drew and Maddison; as well as their mother Trudy. At the forefront of Ted's life recently was the incredible group of friends he had gathered around him in Montreal - affectionately known as the "Rosedale Rowdies"- who provided never ending support and friendship when Ted needed it most.
He is survived by his siblings Mark, Jack, and Joan (Hawley), and his nieces and nephews Mark, Debbie, Kevin, Heather, Scott, Bruce, Michael, Allan, and Janet. He leaves behind many life-long friends including Art and Steve Brewer, and his dear friend Barbara Blood. He made an immediate impact on almost everyone he came in contact with, including the staff and residents at Raglan Village where he recently took up residence. We would like to extend a special thank you to our friends Drs. Langford, Sunderland, and to Dr. Boyd who helped make dad's transition as gentle as possible.
Ted loved to be active; be it in support of his seniors' community by providing driving services to those who needed transportation (often decades his junior), being involved in his local tennis club for so many years, or involving friends and family in a good game of chess, scrabble or a challenging conversation. He was an avid skier until recently, and plied his "stem Christie" turns throughout the Laurentians for many years. He was also an entertainer - adding his unique blend of yodelling and harmony to many a sing song.
After attending Bishops College in Sherbrooke near his birthplace of Lennoxville, he graduated from McGill University with a BCom. He attended flight training in the latter part of WWII, in the rank of Flying Officer, and was a staff pilot at Gimli Manitoba until the end of the war, when he retired his commission in the RCAF to spend a short time as a reserve pilot in the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1952 he married Elizabeth Brewer, and owned an independent insurance brokerage in Montreal for over 40 years. He retired from business in 1988, and spent the rest of his active life enjoying travel and the company of his many friends and loved ones. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday March 24, 2012 at Fawcett Funeral Home in Collingwood. Donations in memory of Ted may be made to the CNIB or Canadian Cancer Society. We will miss you Dad, your spirit lives on in the many you leave behind. Safe flight. Visit Ted's on-line Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 19, 2012