In Memoriam

Stephen Wallace (SPFX)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Stephen Wallace (SPFX Member) on March 16, 2024. Funeral details to follow.

Courtney De’Irish (Hair)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Courtney De’Irish (Hair Member) on February 22, 2024. Please view his obituary and funeral details below:
 

In Memoriam - Courtney De’Irish graphic

Dominick Vecchiarelli (Props / Set Dec / Greens)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Dominick Vecchiarelli (Props / Set Dec / Greens Member) on January 28, 2024.

Mary-Lou Green Benvenuti (Hair)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Mary-Lou Green Benvenuti (Hair Member) on January 21, 2024. Below is her obituary:

Mary-Lou Green Benvenuti, 80, of Toronto, passed away January 21st, 2024.

She leaves behind her beloved husband Henry, granddaughter Brittany (Nick) and sister Faith.

She is preceded by her mother & father Margaret & Albert, her siblings David, Kathy & James. As well as her daughter Tami.

Mary-Lou was an international Art director for Vidal Sassoon. She then moved her career into TV/Movies as a hairstylist with IATSE, working with many legends over her long and wonderful career.

Mary-Lou was a mentor and inspiration to many, and her legacy will continue to live on through the others she left such a big impression on. She was referred to by many of her peers as ahead of her time & one of a kind.

She was once quoted: "I can't just cut hair. I have to do it in bigger-than-life situations, and I take all the risks to find something new." -People magazine Sept. 1980.
This sentence stood true through everything she did in life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Alan Watson (Construction)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Alan Watson (Construction Member) on January 6, 2024. Below is his obituary:

 

 

Alan James Watson, 41, passed away on January 6th, 2024, surrounded by family and friends at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario. 

Alan was born in Toronto to parents Jenny Suk Ching and George Watson. Alan was a husband to Courtney Lander Watson; grandson to Fong-Kiu Chan; brother to Claire Watson and her partner, Aaron MacArthur; brother to Ian Watson and his wife, Christine DeSantis; uncle to Sebastien Watson; nephew to Shalin Ramesra, Gavin, Kaki, and Chun-Li Chan; cousin to Anna, Phillip, and Steven Chan. 

Alan retired as a Sergeant from the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own) after 22 years. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service. He took immense pride and joy in everything he did in the Army, including serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Alan was a respected instructor and mentor, known for his genuine personality, big smile, and infectious laugh. 

He was also a carpenter with IATSE 873 where he built sets for TV series’ that included American Gods and Hannibal, as well as motion pictures, It: Chapter Two and Slumberland

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

A service for family and friends will be held at the Highland Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery at 12492 Woodbine Ave, Gormley, ON L0H 1G0 (tel: 1-905-888-5990) on Sunday January 14th with visitation at 9:00am and funeral proceedings at 10:30am. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family’s preference is for donations to be made to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (https://www.rvh.on.ca). 

Alan's Friends have set up a GoFundMe page for his Wife Courtney. Anyone who wishes to help with expenses related to his passing can donate at the following link: 
https://gofund.me/6dd6738c

An informal send off will also be held at The Keating Channel at 2 Villiers St, Toronto, on Saturday, January 20th from 12:00pm onward. All are welcome to come and join in remembering Alan.