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Obituary for Vincent Carman Massey

MASSEY, Vincent Carman -
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Vincent Carman Massey, age 92, on January 10, 2020. Dearly loved husband of Phyllis Marian Massey (nee Long). Loving father of Ann (Neil) and John (Norene). Cherished grandfather of Marie (Dan), Daniel (Lauralea), Katrina (Shelby), Megan, and Jennifer, and great grandfather of Anna, Isaac, Lucy, Ruby, and Ezra. Predeceased by mother Queena Massey (nee Kerr), father Carman Massey, and brother Merle Massey. Fondly remembered by brother-in-law Dr. John Long, and nieces Carol, Susan, Debbie, Sally, Penny, Beth, Linda.

Born April 28, 1927 in Belleville, Ontario, Vince attended Belleville Collegiate Institute. He graduated from Queens University in 1949 with an Honours BA in Modern Languages. In 1950 while attending the Ontario College of Education, he met his future wife Phyllis. After marrying in 1952, he began his career at Fisher Park Collegiate in Ottawa. He then returned to Toronto to Etobicoke Collegiate, and subsequently a 27-year run as the head of modern languages at Richview Collegiate in Etobicoke, retiring in 1985. Vince was proud of many of his students who went on to great success. It was a common occurrence for him to run into past students, recognize and remember them in great detail.

A founding and lifelong member of Rexdale United Church and its successor Martin Grove United Church, Vince and Phyllis were active volunteers and gave generously of their time and energy to many community organizations. After retirement, they enjoyed an active lifestyle which included travel, fellowship, friends and family. He will be remembered as a man who never forgot a name or a face, always had a story to tell, and gave of himself to his family, his students and his community.

Visitation and service will be held on Saturday, January 18 with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00, service at 2:00, followed by a reception. All at Martin Grove United Church, 75 Pergola Road, Etobicoke, Ontario. Donations to Martin Grove United Church or a charity of your choice are appreciated. Online condolences at