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Neil John KERNAGHAN

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KERNAGHAN, Neil John - June 8, 1938 - November 21, 2012 Neil Kernaghan passed away quietly on November 21 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his son Stuart Kernaghan of Vancouver, BC; his daughter Catherine Fry of Kelowna, BC; his grandchildren Payton and James Fry, also of Kelowna; and his dear friend Libby Wade Abbott of Burlington, ON. Born in Toronto, Neil was the eldest child of Edward and Gertrude Kernaghan. He attended Upper Canada College, Pickering College and Waterloo College (Wilfrid Laurier University) before starting his professional career at National Trust Company. He joined Thomson Kernaghan & Co. Ltd., the brokerage firm co-founded by his father, in 1964. Neil served in a number of capacities at TK, as the company was known, over the next few decades including secretary, vice president and director. There were three great passions in Neil's life: his children, and later his grandchildren; his cottage in Georgian Bay; and historical Canadian art. Neil's home was filled with photos of Stu, Cathy, Payton and James, and he told everyone who would listen how proud he was of all of them. Neil spent as much time as he could in Georgian Bay, first renting cottages for summer vacations with his kids and later on buying his own cottage on the Ojibway Island. That cottage became Neil's sanctuary and a favourite retreat from city life; he was fortunate to be able to go there even during his illness. Historical Canadian art also held a special place in Neil's heart, and he had a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures in his home over the years that any art gallery would have been fortunate to display. Neil was one of the last surviving members of the No Name Art Club, a group of art aficionados who regaled in the admiration of Canadian art and worked tirelessly to further its appreciation. Neil's family and friends would like to extend their thanks to doctors Leung, Fam, Grover, Jain, Beecroft, Sherman and Smart for their professionalism; to Shervin Lyle, Neil's caregiver for much of the last year, for taking on this special client; and to Karen Spear, Claire O'Connor and the entire team at The Russell Hill retirement residence for providing such good care to Neil. The family would also like to express their gratitude to Neil's sister, Patsy Lord, and her family for their kindness and support to Neil over many years. A memorial service with reception to follow will be held at the National Club, 303 Bay St. in Toronto on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 3 to 5 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8 or online at stmichaelsfoundation.com

Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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