Arturo (Arthur) Tournour passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 23, 2022 at Andy’s House Hospice with his children by his side. Art was truly an inspirational man who loved and was loved by many. He was predeceased by the love of his life Anne. Art was a devoted father to his children Cathi (Gord), Rob (Sumitra), MarySue, and Vince who had predeceased him. Family meant the world to Art, especially his 9 grandchildren: Jacob (Jaime), Byron (Kathryn), Maggie (Nate), Robyn (Justin), Rachael, Teghan, Garth, Conrad, and Darwin, and 3 great grandchildren Luca, Cruz, and Kingston. Art is survived by his sister Agnes Monka and predeceased by his sister Mary Tournour. There is nothing Dad loved better than spending time with his family which included camping in Huntsville for many years, spring breaks trips to Myrtle Beach, as well as swim & bbq gatherings at the river. His family, along with his many nieces and nephews will always remember his welcoming smile, easy laugh and corny jokes. Dad had a quiet and gentle nature that made everyone he met feel comfortable in his presence. Dad has always loved all things sports. He was passionate about football, spending many years playing with the Balmy Beach Club in Toronto. He made the Edmonton Elks (Eskimos) practice roster in 1954, the year the team went on to win their first Grey Cup Championship. His allegiance with the Edmonton Elks remained throughout his life. Dad was always community minded and loved to be involved from the early days of delivering Toronto Star Christmas wish boxes, to later helping organize the Bracebridge Winter Carnival, volunteering with the Boy Scouts, and making hundreds of blood donations to the Red Cross. He was actively involved with St Joseph’s church and the local Knights of Columbus for the last 50 years. Dad started his career with the lithographers union in Toronto, before moving his young family to Bracebride in 1971 where he worked as head of housekeeping at the local hospital and eventually as chief custodian at Monsignor Michael O’Leary School where he is fondly remembered by generations of staff and students. Dad’s faith and strength of character shone through over the last few months of his life. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many nurses, doctors and support staff at South Muskoka Hospital whose compassionate care helped to make his days brighter and who enjoyed his corny jokes right up to the end. Although his stay at Andy’s House Hospice was brief, we will always be grateful to the staff for the serenity of his final hours. In lieu of flowers donations to Andy's House Hospice or South Muskoka Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2022, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
The funeral mass will take place at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 11:00am.