Norman Jack FORTNUM
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FORTNUM, Norman Jack May 21, 1926 to December 18, 2017 Jack passed away peacefully in his 92nd year after a long and healthy life. Jack was born in London, Ontario, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Myrtle (Carruthers). Jack will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Dianna (Merv Henwood), Brenda (Doug Fry), Dennis (Ruth Conroy) and Jack (Rosemary Armstrong), his eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and countless friends and other family who were blessed to know him. He was predeceased by his three brothers Russell, George and Jerry. Jack was a World War II Veteran, joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. He was a founding member of Knob Hill United Church in 1955 and his dedication to the community and others around him would continue throughout his life. Many will remember Jack as a volunteer at the Toronto Zoo, where he would give tours to school children, others will remember him as the Veteran selling poppies at the entrance to the Toronto Zoo and many more will remember him as the co-lead of the Remembrance Day Services at the Toronto Zoo for the last 21 years. Jack received many awards for his volunteer work including the Lieutenant Governor's Volunteer of the Year Award. Jack touched many lives with his big smile, big laugh and big heart. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jack's life. He will be resting at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home - 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham – visitation will be held on Thursday, December 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday, December 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A service celebrating Jack's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Central United Church - 131 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Toronto Zoo or the Veterans Poppy Fund.

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Published in Toronto Star from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2017.
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January 3, 2018
My condolences at the loss of Uncle Jack. Sadly, I only really got to know him so very late in his life and he was a fine man. The last of generation as the fourth brother to pass. My thoughts and my condolences to my cousins and the families.
Scott Fortnum
December 27, 2017
Jack Fortnum was a wonderful WWII Veteran. He was on my tour to Holland with his buddy Frank West in 2010. He was a character too with sharing jokes at Veteran's Dinner. He will be dearly missed. RIP Jack
Brian Budden
December 23, 2017
Dennis, Ruth and family, our sincere condolences on your loss.
Brian & Angie Stringer
December 20, 2017
Dennis, Ruth & Family. Condolences to you all during this period of grief. Jack looks to have lived and long and enriched life that I'm sure you are all very proud of. Peace be with you. Brad Fletcher
Brad Fletcher
December 20, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76
December 20, 2017
Jack was very special to our family, and he was a good friend for the past 15 years. We will miss him deeply, but with fondest memories and grateful always for his friendship. We will remember. XOXO Katie (from the Zoo) and family, Cliff, Charlie and Evy
December 20, 2017
Dear Brenda and Family
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Dad.
-Kathy Wittekoek (the Fry's former neighbor on Brenda Cres.)
December 20, 2017
Dennis,Ruth & Family

Our sincere condolences to you and the family on the passing of your dear father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
John & Yvonne Garbin
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