EARL E. ANTLER Earl Edward Antler, 88, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, after a surprising fight and well fought battle. He leaves his wife of 64.8 years, Erica "Rickey" (Heller) Antler and daughter, Susan. Born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, the son of Fred and Ella (Roesler) Antler, he came to Toronto to begin a 37-year career at the Bank of Nova Scotia. Starting as a Teller, "Mr. Antler" became the youngest Bank Manager; as such, he was part of the establishment of the Flemingdon Park Community. His best work days were always when he could help his customers realize their dreams. Earl met the love of his life, Rickey, at Redeemer Lutheran Church and together in faith, they built a lifetime of community nurturing and involvement. With the belief of "walking lightly" on Earth, Earl was a major but behind-the-scenes contributor to The Compost Council of Canada, "Plant a Row - Grow a Row" and other environmental stewardship programs. He was a leader with the Parkdale Seniors and Adult Club, Friends of Utopia Mill & Park, while also supporting his wife's and daughter's own visions and actions for a better world. His awards included the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His family extended to include all his friends; celebrating their successes, cheering them on and being there in times of need. His "rescue" four-legged friends were very much members of his family. A lovely, gentle man, Earl will be greatly missed. There is comfort in knowing that all that he valued continues on through the goodness in all of us. Reflecting the love of his church, visitation will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church (1691 Bloor Street West) from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21st with his Funeral Service at 1 p.m. and interment at Prospect Cemetery to follow. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toronto Wildlife Centre and/or Communities in Bloom's Initiative for Healthy Soils.
Published in Toronto Star on Nov. 20, 2016.