Owen Menzel

Owen Blagrave Menzel

1948 - 2022

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Obituary of Owen Blagrave Menzel


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Owen Menzel on February 11th, 2022, after a long journey with progressive supranuclear palsy.  His warm heart and kind smile were trumped only by his unassuming nature and genuine integrity.

Owen is survived by his cherished wife of 28 years, Margaret, his children David (Sharon Clouse) and Brian, and their mother Lois Nield.  A proud father figure to Jacob Manna, Paul and Yaliet Sagoo and adored grandfather to Blake, Allison, Henry, Michael, and Mia.  Brother to William Ord Menzel (Debbie Carroll) and brother-in-law John Zawadski (Seliina Coe).  Uncle to Kevin Menzel and Lisa Ashton.  Special Godfather to Angus, Ross and Isabel Tyler of Long Beach, California.  The youth that stole Owen’s heart; Julie and Alex Grant, Katarina Mayer, Colleen and Erin Hamilton.

Born in Toronto, Owen spent his early education years in Pointe-Claire, and then earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.  Motivated by hard work and a passion for his clients and team members, Owen had a rewarding career.  He started his professional path at Clarkson-Gordon, eventually earning a Partnership at EY!  After a long and varied career Owen retired as CFO at Arton Investments.

The long-time former member of the National Club not only enjoyed his fine red wines but also every offer of an adventure.  Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, exploring villages in Cuba and Russia, discovering the beauty of Europe, running half-marathons and cycling.  A master canoeist, Owen enjoyed his summers at the family’s beloved Pointe au Baril Island cottage.

Giving back to the community was incredibly important to Owen.  He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader when his boys were young.   Retired from work, Owen graciously volunteered at both The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

With an unwavering belief in the goodness in people, Owen saw the talent and abilities in others, leaving a legacy of making those around him better. What an experience to have known him; friend, mentor, supporter, loving gentleman and, of course, for Margaret and her friends the ultimate race Sherpa.

We wish to acknowledge the extraordinary support we have received. We are grateful for our wonderful Grenview Blvd S. neighbours, the sisters of Sunnylea and caregivers Karen and Almaaz.  Heartfelt thanks to our many friends that reached out during Owen’s illness.

There will be a Celebration of Life scheduled at a later date. If desired, memorial donations to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital would be appreciated.

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