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Martin O'Leary
October 18, 1926 - April 17, 2016
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<div itemprop="description"><br /><br />A loving husband, father and grandfather who lived a life graced by deep<br /><br />faith and abundant good humour, Martin James O'Leary died peacefully at the<br /><br />Houses of Providence in Scarborough, Ontario on April 17, 2016 in his 90th year. He<br /><br />was the beloved husband for 65 years of Noreen (nee Frechette); loving father<br /><br />and role model to John (Lynn), Paul (Anna), Jim (Bev), Kathy Byles (Dan), Dan,<br /><br />Marty (deceased, 1986), Greg (Cathy) and Anne Marie Switzer (Ed). <br /><br />Martin was a proud grandfather to 19 wonderful children/adults. Matthew,<br /><br />Meghan, Brad, Aidan, Jennifer, Joe, Kevin, Michael, Sandra, David, Erin, Andrew,<br /><br />Mark, Sean, Martin, Samantha, Conor, Evin and Aveeva. Last year Martin became a<br /><br />great-grandfather (Sawyer) and was awaiting the arrival of a second<br /><br />great-grandchild in June. He had almost five dozen nieces and nephews and countless friends.<br /><br />His sister Joan Tiernay and her husband Joe will miss Martin greatly. <br /><br />Martin was born in Toronto in 1926 to Mary and James O'Leary. He grew up on<br /><br />&quot;the Danforth&quot; and lived above the family grocery store, with his older brother <br /><br />William (Fr. Bill O'Leary, deceased) and sisters Rita (Jack) Brehl<br /><br />(deceased) and Joan (Joe) Tiernay. He forged life-long friendships dating back to high <br /><br />school and the CYO at Holy Name parish. <br /><br />After graduating high school from St. Michael's, he obtained a B.A. in 1948<br /><br />from St. Michael&rsquo;s College at the University of Toronto and became a school<br /><br />teacher for a short time before entering a life-long career in banking (Toronto<br /><br />General Trust, Canada Permanent Trust, Canada Trust and TD-Canada Trust), retiring<br /><br />in 1988. <br /><br />Martin married the love of his life in 1950 and soon afterwards he and<br /><br />Noreen bought a three-bedroom home in East York. He was an active parishioner at<br /><br />Holy Cross parish, until the eighth child arrived and he moved the family circus<br /><br />to Scarborough in 1967, where he was an active member at St. Boniface parish<br /><br />for almost 50 years.<br /><br />He always placed Noreen and family first, ahead of even the Maple Leafs,<br /><br />Blue Jays and Argonauts. Obviously, he was a patient and forgiving man. He was <br /><br />renowned for his quick wit and an impish sense of humour that was always <br /><br />accompanied with a tell-tale twinkle in his eyes. <br /><br />He followed most sports and was an accomplished bowler and curler. He<br /><br />enjoyed explaining the difference between an in-turn and out-turn to whomever<br /><br />joined him for whatever curling bonspiel was on television. He liked his beer cold and<br /><br />his scotch with just a drop of water. Playing cards was another favourite<br /><br />pastime. From boys-night poker, to bridge-club night, to euchre to cribbage, he<br /><br />pocketed more than his share of other people's dimes and quarters. <br /><br />A highlight of family celebrations was watching Martin take Noreen by the<br /><br />hand and, to the big-band sound of &quot;In the Mood&quot;, show the younger generation<br /><br />how to swing on the dance floor. Even after 65 years of marriage, he continued to <br /><br />affectionately refer to Noreen as &ldquo;my bride.&rdquo; Family meals were important<br /><br />to him, particularly Sunday dinner, where, as the family grew, he learned to<br /><br />carve a large roast into thin slices. He was also handy on the barbecue and, as<br /><br />his eyes filled with smoke from a grill crammed with burgers, he never (well, <br /><br />seldom) cursed in front of his children.<br /><br />Martin and Noreen collected countless friends over the years, from<br /><br />neighbours who moved away but remained close to fellow travellers they met on several <br /><br />extended vacations. Their Christmas Card list was always extensive. His<br /><br />many relatives and friends knew him as a man who was fun-filled, loyal and <br /><br />dependable.<br /><br />Most of all Martin will be remembered as a loving husband and a family man<br /><br />of great faith and generous nature who loved to make people smile. He will be <br /><br />dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to smile along with him.<br /><br />Special thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers at Providence<br /><br />Healthcare for the wonderful care they provided over the past two years. <br /><br />Friends may call at the McDougall &amp; Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Rd, <br /><br />Scarborough, on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. both<br /><br />days. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface<br /><br />Catholic Church, 142 Markham Road Scarborough, ON M1M 2H9, with a reception to<br /><br />follow.In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to one of Martin&rsquo;s<br /><br />favourite charities: the St. Vincent de Paul Society (care of St Boniface Church,<br /><br />address above) or Providence Healthcare, 3276 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, ON<br /><br />M1L 1W1.<br /><br /></div>