Sent by Lorna D'Souza, CIBC Precious Metals
The Honourable Justice Ivan J A Fernandes, son of Boniface and Carmine Fernandes of Valencia, Mangalore, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, June 8, 2005 in Canada. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Heather Cole, his devoted mother, Carmen Fernandes and his three cherished brothers, their wives and children, Alan (Rosemary, Kevin, Colleen), Brian (Julie, Victoria, Eric) and Vernon (Mary, Carly, Johanna) and is predeceased by his father Boniface Fernandes.
Ivan Fernandes born in Uganda on June 12, 1956. He moved to Canada in 1974 with his parents and siblings. He did his education at Queen's university and started his Law career as a crown attorney. In 2000, he was appointed Provincial Court Judge in Toronto. He was a well-known person not only among Mangaloreans but with rest of the Indian Community as well. He was greatly admired for his legal skill and knowledge in his profession.
He valiantly battled liver cancer for eighteen months before finally succumbing to the disease. Since February 2000 and until his last few weeks, he served the public as a Provincial Court Judge in Toronto, having previously worked as a Crown Attorney in Belleville, Kingston and Scarborough.
His wife and family would like to give special thanks to the members of the Ontario Bar and Bench who gave their support to Ivan throughout his illness and to all the doctors and nurses at Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital who refused to give up and gave him and his family truly exceptional care.
Friends may call on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 p.m. at the RS Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street at Goulding south of Steeles). Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church (3055 Bloor Street West, just west of Royal York and Bloor).
The interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.