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IAN RICHARD WOOKEY "Squire of Yorkville" Died peacefully and gently at home on July 14, 2014, with his loving wife of 34 years, Suzan, by his side. Dick is predeceased by his mother, Ruby Whittall, daughter, Diane Wookey, and grandson, Jonny Wookey. Survived by his children, who meant the world to him: Ian (Lynda) and Peter; Simon (Rebecca); and Oliver and Julian. Proud grandfather of Tessa, Adam, Jasmin, Tabbatha, Nicholas, Katie and Emma. Adored by his sister, Daphne Aliberti, and children Giancarlo, Ricky and Isabella. He will be fondly remembered by many friends and associates, especially his longtime dear friends Gilbert and Elfie Lloyd and Gladys and Lloyd Fogler. Born November 20, 1928, in Izmir, Dick enjoyed an idyllic upbringing in Turkey's expatriate European community. Educated by Jesuits, he was fluent in French, Italian, Greek, English and Turkish. His appetite for adventure and challenge was present from an early age, as chronicled in his engaging memoir, Fortuna . After being expelled from boarding school in England, he saw a billboard that advertised Join the Navy and See the World. And so he did. At 17, Dick became a "boy sailor" in the British Navy, stationed for several years in Athens. Later, in search of better prospects than Turkey could offer, he came to Toronto in the 1950s and launched an impressive career in finance. A true visionary, he is best known for developing Yorkville-at that time a rundown hippie haven-while preserving its traditional charm. A man of remarkable energy, spirit and daring, Dick relished all the bounty of life. Despite his many pursuits, the centre for him was family. One of his greatest, unexpected joys was becoming a father late in life to twin sons, Oliver and Julian. For them he was an extraordinary role model and loving, affectionate father. He introduced them to so many active pleasures: skiing, tennis, sailing, swimming. A connoisseur of the finer things in life, he was also a great collector of art, antiquities and stamps, as well as a crackerjack bridge player and expert gambler. Oliver and Julian will treasure memories of their adventures with him: driving around on the farm in his beloved Mercedes; spending time in Nassau with Gilbert and Elfie; getting measured for shirts and suits at his longtime London tailor; or demonstrating the fine art of eating a fresh, ripe fig. Whether enjoying a simple meal or closing a complex deal, Dick found satisfaction in all that he did. Dick recreated his childhood village life in the Hockley Valley countryside, which he preserved for all his family members. He loved to spend hours on the tractor cutting the fields; it was a special place for him in all seasons. He never retired, in any sense. For thirty-five years he sailed the Mediterranean on his beloved yacht and one of his best recent adventures was to return to the family seaside home in Turkey with all five sons, for a last sail around the azure bays of his birthplace. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West. Family will receive guests at church the hour prior to service. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 416-586-4800 ext. 7884 or The Dr. Ian Tannock Research Fund c/o Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 416-946-6560. A very special thank you to Natalia Miguel and to the exceptional team of caregivers whose unwavering dedication and love made possible Dick's wish to be at home: Louchel, Joven, Kris, Bev and especially Eva.

Published in the Toronto Star from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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