It is with great sadness and regret that we inform the membership of the Christian Island Cottagers’ Association, and the Christian Island community, of the passing of Patrick Bloomfield, long time cottager and friend to many, on July 1st, 2018.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of this very extraordinary man, always kind, with his great sense of humour, very large smile, and contagious laugh. Patrick will be missed greatly by all those who knew him.
Visitation will be held on Monday July 9th at 6.p.m., funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. at Forest Hill United Church, 2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario.
Flowers are gratefully declined with thanks. Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in Patrick’s memory may consider the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Please see the the full obituary notice below.
With sadness we announce the passing of Benjamin Patrick George Bloomfield (Patrick) on July 1st at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, after a short illness. Survived by his loving wife of 54 years Jocelyn, sons Robin (Beth Herrema), Timothy (Jennifer), Nicholas (Leanne); devoted grandchildren Jonathan, Alexander, Emma, Ian, Benjamin and Caitlin, all of whom will miss him dearly.
Born in Zambia on March 14, 1927 Patrick was educated in British and South African schools. Upon graduation, he joined the South African Air Force as an air gunner and was deployed in Egypt late WWII. He returned to South Africa to start a career in journalism spending 55 years on the editorial staffs of South African, British and Canadian newspapers holding the post of Joint Assistant Editor of the Southern African Financial Mail, Investment Editor of The Financial Post and, in his final 20 years, as an investment columnist of a widely read and respected column.
Prior to emigrating to Canada, Patrick was active in the party that led the opposition to the South African apartheid policy. He enjoyed the beauty of Africa travelling extensively during his many years as an enthusiastic member of the Transvaal section of The Mountain Club of South Africa. Emigrating to Canada in 1973 he transferred his love of the outdoors first by camping throughout Ontario and then to his cottage on Christian Island spending countless hours roaming the forests and beaches of this beloved Island with his family. Patrick’s love of nature also inspired a keen interest in photography which he pursued until his his final months.
To his final days Patrick remained grateful to Canada for all it gave to him and his family