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Faye Frances MLACAK
1945 - 2020
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FAYE FRANCES MLACAK (née Urban) October 28, 1945- November 11, 2020 Faye Mlacak passed away peacefully at her home after a valiant battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Willy, her son, Conor (Theresa), her daughter, Kate (Peter), and her three granddaughters. Born in Windsor to Alice and Archie Urban, Faye took up tennis as a young girl. With her father as her coach, she established herself as a fierce competitor on Canada's junior tennis circuit, winning multiple national titles as both a singles and doubles player. Faye left home at age 14, embarking on a tennis career that would see her compete at prestigious tournaments all around the world. She played at Wimbledon five times, reaching the quarter-finals in women's doubles in 1967, a year she also won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. During the late 1960s, Faye repeatedly won the Canadian Open doubles title, and in 1969, she also captured the Canadian Open singles title, making her the last Canadian to do so for fifty years. She was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996. Following her retirement from tennis in 1970, Faye settled in Toronto and joined the banking industry. At a time when finance was predominantly a male sphere, she broke barriers by working for eight years as a trader in the money markets. She also moonlighted as a journalist for many years, covering racquet sports for the Toronto Telegram. After raising her family, Faye found a new calling in education, spending more than 25 years tutoring students and supply-teaching for the TDSB. Her passion for teaching was immense, and nothing gave her greater satisfaction than having touched the lives and shaped the futures of so many students. Faye's greatest joy was her husband and constant companion, Willy. The couple enjoyed a full and loving life together, playing and watching tennis, going on cycling trips, socializing with friends and neighbours, raising children, and laughing with grandchildren. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 12th of this year. Faye will be remembered as a strong woman with a sharp mind, a quick wit, and a warm and generous spirit. She was a person of principle who set high standards for herself and those around her. Modest and genuine, she was a constant source of support and encouragement, taking much more pleasure from the success of others than from her own many accomplishments. Her ready smile, her infectious laughter, and her remarkable thoughtfulness will be profoundly missed by all who had the fortune of knowing her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital foundation. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
Dear Kate

Please accept on behalf of Minogue Medical and me personally, our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your Mom.

I had no idea that your Mom was Faye Urban, the Champion Tennis player.

While Alpine ski racing was my sport growing I've played Tennis since I was very young and reading about your Mom's exploits I cannot get over how really good she was!
I was a member of the Monkland Tennis Club in Montreal and in the late 60's early 70's we would sometimes host the Canadian Open Tennis championships.
Although I never met your Mom, her name was familiar to me as one of the greats!

I recently lost my father and I'm comforted by the many years and great memories that we shared. I wish the same for you and your family during this difficult time.

Your friends Danny Minogue and the Team
Danny Minogue
November 24, 2020
I have fond memories of Faye from when she and I carpooled to Windsor Teachers' College in 1964, crammed into a Volkswagen bug. She was a delightful friend. She invited me to Toronto to take notes for her about other players' games, when she competed in the Ontario Closed. She even allowed me, once, to play a set of tennis against her. My condolences to her family.
Kenn Stanton
Classmate
November 17, 2020
There was a time at Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor when Faye Urban ,Kate Innes and I were close friends and I remember how excited she was when she made her first trip abroad .I’m so happy she had a long and loving marriage with another Walkervillle alumni and God rest her soul .It was an honor to have been her friend so many years ago.
Mallory McKay Hickey
Friend
November 16, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to read Faye's obituary.
Will, I am so sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed and there really are no words of comfort that can ease the pain you must be feeling. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.
Sandra Chinn
Coworker
November 16, 2020
I remember Faye and Willy from my Walkerville C. I. days in Windsor. My condolences to Willy and the family for their loss. Faye was a great athelete and a beautiful person. Willy and I went to grade school together and were good friends. It has been a long time since we have communicated but there some great memories to look back on. My prayers go out to the family.
John and Patricia Cmar
Friend
November 15, 2020
Dear Willy and family: I am so very sorry for your loss! I remember Faye fondly from our years at Walkerville. It sounds like you two had a wonderful life and a great family, and I pray that those memories will comfort all of you in the coming days.
Linda Flohr
Friend
November 15, 2020
I met Faye when working In Kindergarten at the TDSB. When she walked in as a substitute teacher, you knew it would be a fun and productive day with Faye in charge. She really cared for and valued the children! She will be messed greatly.
Gail Scott
Friend
November 15, 2020
I knew Faye when she supply taught at Sunnylea school where I worked as a teacher. I remember her as a kind, thoughtful and caring teacher. The children were always in good hands under her guidance and supervision. A very lovely lady.
Joan Dowell
Coworker
November 15, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Faye’s passing. I was acquainted with both Faye and Willy at WCI and always admired Faye’s great talent and success. More than this, I was always very impressed with what a genuinely nice person she was and how modest. My sincere condolences to Willy and family.
Bonnie Storrey Baldwin
Friend
November 15, 2020
Faye was a year or so behind me at Walkerville Collegiate but I remember seeing her on the school tennis court constantly. She was a determined young girl and proved she was going on to better things in the tennis world. Her husband, Willy, was always one of her best friends at WCI and well thought of by many of us. To him and his family, I send my deepest condolences.
Jim Trofin
Friend
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