SLATER, Terrence G. - Terry made his grand entrance onto the stage of life on November 7, 1948, the cherished first-born son of George G. and Helen Slater (Masiewich) and exited stage left on October 28, 2012. Loving, protective brother of Bobby and Sandra, who will hold him in their hearts forever. Predeceased by his parents; by longtime special partner Rochelle Klein and her mother Esther; and by lifelong special friend and cousin Dennis Bessie. Terry will be lovingly remembered by many friends and family, including his longtime very special friends Kathy and Frank Olenski and their family; Mary Bell (David); "cousin" Elaine Bessie (the late Dennis); "Cha Cha" Anne Bessie (the late Fred) and many supportive cousins and their families; and his "drama wife" Kristen Whalen. Terry combined his passions for acting and teaching by holding positions as a Dramatic Arts Teacher at T. L. Kennedy and Morningstar Secondary Schools, and most recently at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School, where he will be greatly missed by his "Lincoln Family" of friends, colleagues and students. Terry's proudest stage role was his portrayal of former Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker. His family is very grateful to all those who supported and lovingly cared for Terry over the last nineteen months, including Dr. Fred Besik and Terry's special Angels, the very caring nursing staff in the Inpatient Oncology Section of Credit Valley Hospital. You have touched our hearts forever. A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium, 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga. A reception will follow. In keeping with Terry's wishes, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The David Suzuki Foundation, Plan International Canada, Inc., or the Foundation for International Community Assistance - FINCA Canada. "Never to be squandered, the gift of another human being."
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Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2012