BRACE, Willis - Willis Brace, 79, of Scarborough, ON, passed away early Saturday, May 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Willis was born October 11, 1934 in Sydney, NS, to Frank Daniel and Alice Brace (nee Crowe). He was a former member of the reserve army in Sydney, NS, and was a former member of the Johnny Nemess boxing club in Sydney, NS. Willis worked for Pilkington Glass Company in Ontario for close to thirty years and retired in 1993. Willis is survived by his loving wife Veronica Brace (nee McPherson) and his children David (Margaret), Brian (Michelle), Barry (Nicole), Dianna (Preston Foster), Darlene (Jerry Gulliford), Stephen and Darryl (Candy). He is also survived by his seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Frank Daniel Brace and Alice Brace (nee Crowe) and siblings Arthur, Frank, Margaret, Catherine, Freddie, Walter and Alice. Willis was a witty and mischievous man who loved a good joke. He enjoyed travelling to Cape Breton Island every spring to spend the summer at his bungalow on the edge of the ocean. Willis loved his children and grandchildren and always wanted the best for them. He was well loved by his family and will be greatly missed. The memories of his life will be closely cherished by his family, friends and loved ones. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Paul Culford and his staff for the extraordinary care and compassion that was shown to Willis and his family. The funeral, visitation and reception will take place at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough, ON. Visitation times will be Sunday, May 11th from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, May 12th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place Tuesday, May 13th at 11 a.m. The interment will follow at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in the Toronto Star on May 12, 2014