elevated eEE7l December 10, 1937 – June 26, 2018
elevated eEE7l Obituary:
elevated eEE7l Felix Merryl Salazar, 80
elevated eEE7l It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing and going home of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend Felix M. Salazar on June 26, 2018. Felix peacefully passed in hospital surrounded by family and close friends after a far too long battle with various cancers. Felix is survived by two elder sisters, Murielle Miller and Iris Gaskill, his his loving wife of more than fifty-five years Janet, his sons Vince and Floyd, daughter Kathy, and grandchildren Maxine, Philippe and Julien, in addition to many nephews and nieces in Canada, Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados.
elevated eEE7l Felix was born on December 10, 1937 in St. Joseph’s, Trinidad. As an educator, he began his career in Trinidad before being recruited to Canada and moving and growing his family in the Toronto area. As he moved into curriculum development, guidance counseling and related activities at an administrative and governance level he remained focused on being a committed colleague and friend before retiring after 40+ years of service and education in the Catholic board.
elevated eEE7l While he may have “retired’ he never slowed down. Felix was an active member of the TDSB as a full-time teacher; a lifetime member of the Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers; served terms as the Vice-President and, subsequently, President of the Ontario School Counsellors Association; and joined the Toronto Occasional Teachers Bargaining Unit in 1998 where he held the position of President until 2005.
elevated eEE7l Felix had many major milestones in his life which made him proud and which he loved to talk about often. He most thoroughly enjoyed his years as a teacher, meeting and helping to positively influence students over the years, many of whom stayed in touch with him; and making lifelong friends in the TDSB, Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers and Toronto Occasional Teachers Bargaining Unit. Felix cherished his private time with his immediate family — enjoying outings and get-togethers to see family, friends or shows out of town with Janet, to seeing his children mature, pursue educations and define fruitful career paths for themselves — while enjoying being an uncle to extended family and friends. Always available to offer advice, an ear, a different way of thinking or a laugh, which ever was needed most, or most appropriate, he will be missed by many near and far and remembered by everyone. The family is grateful for the many phone calls, e-mails and words of condolence expressed by all of those who have reached out by way of the OECTA, TECT, TSU, TCDSB and Council of Presidents, a heartfelt symbol of how many lives Felix touched across his lengthy career.
elevated eEE7l A private service will be held with immediate family. In the near future a celebration of Felix’s life will be held with family and the many friends near and far who loved him, miss him and wish to honour his memory – with details to be provided at a later date. Condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made on the Catholic Cemeteries site at: http://www.catholic-cemeteries.com/obituary/felix-merryl-salazar/. The family also invites friends and loved ones to make donations in lieu of cards and flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Felix M. Salazar.