Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Philip Norman Holtby resident of Toronto, Canada and "Snowbird", died on Saturday November 12, 2011 at the age of 80. He loved the mountains, the uninterrupted horizons, the blazing sunsets, the solitude and the peace of the desert in Tucson, Arizona where he spent his leisure time. Philip grew up in Toronto with his father, Norman George and mother, Jessica Elaine (nee Kennedy) and his older brother, David. His beloved wife, Eva Maria predeceased him in 2003. He is survived by four happy children and six fun and energetic grandchildren: J. Caren Holtby (Alan Hannebauer) of Vancouver, BC, Canada; Ann H. Holtby of Toronto, Ont Canada and daughter, Breton M. Roy; Christopher N. Holtby (Ann) of Dallas TX and sons, Griffin O., William W. and Gavin P. Holtby. Markus R. Holtby (Carol) of Larchmont, NY and daughters, Katherine G. and Charlotte Eva. Philip was born in 1931, growing up during the depression in Toronto, Canada. He attended grade school in Toronto, high school at Ridley College and the Ontario College of Art. A first permanent job as a runner for a brokerage firm led to an illustrious 40 year career in the Canadian securities industry. Philip strove to enrich the lives of those friends and colleagues he knew, particularity the young, and above all enjoyed his personal life with his wife and family. When his interest in his business career diminished, he retired at the age of 59 to pursue his multitudinous interests including contemporary art, reading, travel, skiing and time with his family. Also, in remembrance of his wife he endowed the annual "Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture" at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Philip participated in many community activities including; the Toronto Junior Chamber of Commerce; the Earlscourt Children's Home; a governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Royal Ontario Museum. In addition he was supportive of his wife Eva's community activities. In lieu of flowers please consider, in Philip's memory, a donation to the Salvation Army or the, "Eva Holtby Lecture Contemporary Culture," at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6 Canada. Services will be held in private. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
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