Laurus Yake

Laurus George Yake

Thursday, April 2nd, 1953 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Laurus Yake, the #1 Toronto Maple Leafs fan, at home on Monday, September 14th, 2020 surrounded by his family and companion, Shiloh, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Laurus is survived by his loving and devoted wife and best friend, Shirley who was our rock that remained by his side from sunrise to sunset. Laurus was a proud father and is survived by his 3 children Margaret, Brenda, and Jason. Adored grand-dad of Laurissa, Alexxes, Brook-Lynn, and Kylen and loving fur-father to his dog and companion, Shiloh. He will be forever missed and loved by his many sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Laurus will be lovingly remembered and missed by his "brothers" who brought him joy and laughter throughout the years and more importantly, throughout his illness with cancer.

Laurus was well known for his cowboy boots and love for hockey. More specifically, his lifelong commitment as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He inflicted his love for the sport and his favourite team on all who knew him and anyone with ears. He thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to visits from his friends who would stop by to catch up on hockey highlights and playfully banter about everything and anything hockey. Laurus was gifted with a great sense of humour that kept us all on our toes. Time with him was filled with love, laughter, and witty comebacks always delivered at the right time. Laurus never missed a beat. It was a long and difficult journey, but he faced each day with a brave smile on his face and endless love in his heart. His positivity, bright spirit, and sense of humour was something he gracefully maintained until the very end.

Laurus was a bright light with a pure heart filled with unconditional love and affection. He loved life and had a firm appreciation for what was important – the simplicity of living life with those you love.

A special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Isabel Li and nurse Margaret of RVH, Dr. Kim McIntosh, the LHIN, Bayshore, and Paramed for the outstanding care and compassion for Laurus and our family. There are no words to express our gratitude.

At the request of Laurus, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Donations may be made in memory of Laurus to a charity of your choice

"You left me beautiful memories

your love is still my guide, and though we cannot see you,

your always at my side"

~The hardest part wasn’t losing you dad, it is learning to live without you~

We thank you for enriching our lives with your love, laughter, and kindness. Forever cherished in our hearts and never forgotten we will love you always

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Cheryl Bullock

Posted at 08:57am
I so love you guys and Shirley I am so so sorry...

Patricia McCool

Posted at 07:46pm
Patricia McCool
Dear Shirley
Growing up with Laurus was the greatest joy of my life. When ever I needed Laurus, he was there. My best memories of Laurus was his sense of humor,he could always make me laugh. I will really miss him.

Shirley J Yake/ Mascioli

Posted at 11:58am
Dearest Shirley, Shiloh and Camino. Laurus has always been and will remain, The Big Brother that kept laughter and song in my life. He protected our family from ill, sad and poor times. His Strength has always been Rock Hard. My family stands with You. Love Shirley and Dan.

John Smith

Posted at 04:21am
Godspeed to a wonderful brother in law. Your show of strength is inspirational

Lesley, Frank and Adam Urban

Posted at 09:11am
Dear Shirley and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you’re in our hearts and our prayers during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences. God Bless you all.
M Posted at 06:41pm

We are so sorry to read of Laurus’s passing. We have missed dearly our roadside chats; his smiling face and wonderful disposition. May he Rest In Peace; May your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Love from Randy and Marylou O’Connell

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