Michael Bordt ✵ 1954-2021

Name at birth: Michael Bordt
Date of birth: May 30, 1954
Place of birth: Korntal, Germany
Date of death: August 5, 2021
Place of death: Ottawa, Canada
Resting place: Ottawa Muslim Cemetery
Submitted by: Mila Bordt

Dr. Michael/Mick/Micki Bordt peacefully left this earth on the morning of 5th August 2021 at his Ottawa home of 30 years. Born to Susie (Elfriede) Locke and Fritz Bordt in the small town of Korntal, Germany in 1954 and moved to Prescott, Ontario in 1956, continuing to pursue a successful, beautiful and adventurous life. He always had a great passion and curiosity for travel which fit in so well with his work, naturally connecting people around the world with similar passions and sharing the gift of seeing the world with his family. He undoubtedly had a special connection with Indonesia after moving there in 1988 where he would meet his wife, Lis.

Countless number of professional and academic achievements over 67 years of life, including but not limited to: 35 years at Statistics Canada, 3 years at United Nations ESCAP Bangkok, OECD Paris, Canada Fisheries and Oceans and a PhD in Geography from University of Ottawa where he dedicated his expertise and passions for the environment, statistics, ecosystems, economy and of course the ocean to make a difference in this world, inspiring colleagues and friends alike.

He recently took on and had a significant part established a superhero project, The Global Ocean Accounts Partnership which is beginning to transform how countries measure and manage the progress towards sustainable ocean development. This project has been his pride and joy over the past 3 years and we can be confident that his esteemed colleagues will continue this project and carry it out the way Michael dreamed of.

Survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Liswati Seram, and their 3 wonderful children, Mila, Dani and Andi Bordt. Son to Elfriede (Susie) Locke. Younger brother to Roswitha Lipman-Baker and older brother to Martin Bordt, Fritz Bordt and Roswitha Stein. Uncle to Jordan Lipman, Devin Lipman, and all of the loving, extended family in Indonesia and Germany. Michael’s legacy will live on for decades to come in his passions for world citizenship, Ocean preservation, endless intellectualism, tastefully dry and clever humour, his abundance of unconditional support, love and generosity for his family, his warmth, kindness, and his famous height. He’s the gentle genius giant we all needed and deserved. We will forever miss his presence and keep our love for him in our hearts always.

The funeral was held on 7th August and was attended by his family, old friends, and colleagues at the Ottawa Mosque and Ottawa Muslim Cemetery. Special thanks to the Ottawa Muslim Association and the Ottawa Mosque for a beautiful service. Thank you to everyone for the support and love over the past month and to all the esteemed colleagues and organisations who donated the hundreds of trees in our father’s name, our family is forever grateful.

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Shelly Stokoe ✵ 1967-2014

Name at birth: Shelly Patricia Stokoe
Date of birth: March 3, 1967
Place of birth: Henderson Hospital, Hamilton
Date of death: November 6, 2014
Place of death: Dunnville War Memorial Hospital
Resting place: Dunnville
Submitted by: Arlene McIlravey

Do not stand by my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn’s rain
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there. I did not die.

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Daniel McIlravey ✵ 1937-1996 (Father)

Brent Henry Dewar ✵ 1959-2000

Brent Henry Dewar


Name at birth:  Brent Henry Dewar
Date of birth:  November 6, 1959
Place of birth:  Lennoxville, Quebec
Date of death:  August 24, 2000
Place of death:  Calgary, Alberta
Resting place:  Calgary, Alberta
Submitted by:  Philippe Saner



A son, a brother, a husband, a soldier, an engineer. But most of all a good man.

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Bruno Ziraldo ✵ 1932-2009

Bruno Ziraldo 1960


Bruno Ziraldo 1997


Name at birth: Bruno Ziraldo
Date of birth: December 5, 1932
Place of birth: Fagagna, Italy
Date of death: February 27, 2009
Place of death: Toronto, Canada
Resting place: Westminster Cemetery, Toronto
Submitted by: Lorena Ziraldo




Bruno Ziraldo was born in Fagagna, Italy.  The youngest of nine.  A passionate man who loved his wife – Elida – children, family and friends.

He delighted in a lively discussion on life, and politics.  He sang, laughed,  played cards, was meticulous at his work – a stone mason, loved tending to his vegetable garden, fruit trees, and shared the fruits of his labour.

Bruno cherished his relationship with his brother Luigi,  his senior by 2 decades.    Luigi made his way to Canada first, then Bruno followed, landing at Pier 21 in Halifax.  From there he made his way to Toronto.; Elida followed.  They settled in Toronto, and had 3 children; Marguerita, Lorena (born in Udine), and Paolo.  His grandson Christopher (Lorena) put a sparkle in his eye.

His warmth, and energy was the glue to many relationships.  Deeply missed.

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Colleen Donelda Joan Wilder ✵ 1960-1996

Name at birth:    Colleen Donelda Joan Rickard 
Date of birth:    4-8-60 
Place of birth:   Sault Ste. Marie, Canada 
Date of death:    14-6-96 
Place of death:   Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
Place of burial:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Submitted by: teresa (

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Kirk Leonard Martin Vance ✵ 1975-1993

Name at birth:    Kirk Leonard Martin 
Date of birth:    15/10/1975 
Place of birth:   Fort St. John, BC Canada 
Date of death:    07/30/1993 
Place of death:   Prince George BC Canada 
Place of burial:  Cremated. Prince George, BC

Submitted by: Betty-Anne Vance (

This is in Memory of you Kirk.
We Miss you, and think of you Very often.
I Thank God for the time we had with you.
We Miss Your Big Smile and your Laugh.
You were and still are very special to all of us
We Love You!!!

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Brian James Stewart ✵ 1952-2002

Name at birth:    Brian James Stewart 
Date of birth:    16/03/52 
Place of birth:   Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Date of death:    August 31, 2002 
Place of death:   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 
Place of burial:  Valleyview Memorial Gardens, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Submitted by: Margaret Stewart (

Brian we never had a chance to say goodbye, you left so suddenly. I miss you so terribly and wish we could turn back time and change so many things. I love you very much and I feel lost without you.

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Edward John Spicer ✵ 1936-1995

Name at birth:  	 Edward John Spicer 
Date of birth:  	 25/09/1936 
Place of birth:  	 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Date of death:  	 07/11/1995 
Place of death:  	 Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada 
Place of burial:  	 Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario

Submitted by: Russell Higgins (

Edward, (retired after 20 years service with the Royal Bank).

Suddenly on Tuesday, November 7, 1995 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge at the age of 59. Ed beloved husband to the late Eleanor. Loving father to Cheryl and her husband Russell Higgins, Michael and his wife Barb Spicer. Cherished grandfather to Michele, Shaun, Lisa, Alan, Jayne, James, Sandra and Donny. Great-grandfather to Krystyn. Dear brother to Jim, Joan McDermott, and Leonard. He brightened the lives of many friends and family. and will be allways in our mind and hearts.

His favourite Music was Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, he played the tape continously.

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Tony Ruffer ✵ 1970-1995

Name at birth:    Anthony Andreas Ruffer 
Date of birth:    25/07/70   
Place of birth:   New Westminster, BC. Canada 
Date of death:    21/08/1995 
Place of death:   White Rock, BC, Canada 
Place of burial:  Tony was cremated in White Rock, BC.
                  His ashes were placed in the ocean.

Submitted by: Angela and Petra Ruffer (

Requiem For Tony

Although we mourn his passing
Let us celebrate his life, Remembering all the good times
Of which his years were rife.

He had not an enemy,
For he made of each a friend,
He was a young free spirit,
Let not his memory end.

He so loved the great outdoors,
The high mountains and the seas,
His life shall be remembered
In the waves and in the trees.

And now we here are gathered
On the constant rolling sea
To let the winds and waves he loved
Care for him in eternity.

For Angela, Horst and Petra.
Tony, my Son we miss you so deeply, every day. forever Mom.
You are forever missed by: your Mom, your Dad, Your Sister Petra; Your Oma Hartl, und Oma Ruffer, Your Tante Beate, Tante Mary, Tante Sonya, Tante Ursula, Tante Irene, Onkel Richard, Onkel Otto, Onkel Franz, Onkel Heinz, Onkel Peter Ruffer, onkel Peter Kaufman, Cousin Rick, Cousin Heidi, Cousin Tina, Cousin Richy, Cousin Tommy, Cousin Chad and Cousin Ina.

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