Last Alarm – Capt. Stephen Forsey

Photo (above) by Wayne Edward
Photo (below) by the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association

Support 7 was requested for a funeral service honouring Toronto Fire Capt. Stephen Forsey in late February.  Our volunteers dutifully attended, providing beverages and snacks for attendees throughout the service. Capt. Forsey’s passing was determined to be a line of duty death. The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association expresses its sincere condolences to the Forsey family.

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Last Alarm – Bob Connell


November 15, 1951 – December 9, 2014

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 we lost one of the real nice guys in this world with the passing of Bob Connell. He was a good husband of 40 years, father, friend to all he met and was always ready with a story or joke to put a smile on your face. Bob was born in Leaside on November 15, 1951 and resided there all his life. He attended Leaside Public and High School. Bob also went to Centennial College. He was a former Naval reservist, a long time member of GTMAA, baseball coach, model railroader and rail fan. Bob (Bongo, as he was called by the firefighters) Connell operated the East York Fire Department Canteen from 1992 until just after amalgamation in January 1998. Bob operated out of the rear of his 1989 Buick station wagon, fondly known as the “Wally Wagon” with the supplies paid for by the East York Firefighters Association. Between East York FD and GTMAA, Bob volunteered for over 24 years giving back to the firefighters he loved so much. Bob was given a great sendoff from Northlea United Church on Monday, December 15, 2014 with a Piper and an Honour Guard of Firefighters, Military and members of Support 7.

Rest in Peace Bob.

Originally appeared in the January 2015 edition of the Trumpet Newsletter.
Reprinted with permission.

Last Alarm – Jim MacDonald


May 23, 1938 – November 1, 2014

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of member Jim MacDonald on Saturday November 1, 2014. Jim joined the club in 1990 and was active on Support 7, for both fire calls and community events. In fact Jim’s ‘Last Call’ on Support 7 was for the Ontario Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Queen’s Park. Jim also had a keen interest in history, especially World War II and the aircraft of that era. He discovered a kinship for this interest with other club members and many stories and reading materials were shared during our fellowship times. Jim was a 35-year veteran of the Toronto Fire Department, having joined in October 1959. His first assignment was at 7 Hall (325) and throughout his tenure was also stationed at Halls 26 (323), 29 (135), 2 (331) and 22 (226). He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1989 and retired in 1994 from 5 Tower, B2 shift. He enjoyed catching up with many of the firefighters he had worked with while he served on Support 7. Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol, sons James (Liz) and Kent (Stacey) and daughter Noreen Lee (Len). His grandchildren were the joy of his life and he relished his time with them. He will be missed by his 5 remaining siblings and extended family, including club members David and Jennifer. A celebration of Jim’s life took place on Sunday November 9th with Support 7 staged in front of the funeral home in tribute. It was attended by over 250 people including many club members and department personnel in uniform. Jim would have been pleased. This overwhelming outpouring of support was greatly appreciated and comforting to the family.

Originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of the Trumpet Newsletter.
Reprinted with permission.

Funeral for Acting Captain David Nicholls

Support 7 is attending the funeral service for TFS Acting Captain David Nicholls (325-A) to be held on Tuesday October 7, 2014. David proudly served on the department for 19 years but had recently been on long-term disability due to health issues.

The canteen departs at 9:00am for Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church in Scarborough. Visitation commences at 10:00am followed by service at 11:00am. Our thoughts and prayers are with A/Capt Nicholls’ family, friends, and colleagues.

Last Alarm – Neil McCarten

September 7, 1941 – March 3, 2014

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of active member Neil McCarten.

Neil McEwen McCarten was born on September 7, 1941 at 87 Bowmore Road where he lived all 72 years of his life. He was the younger son of Robert and Evelyn McCarten. His older brother, Ian, predeceased Neil in August of 1975. Growing up Neil attended Bowmore Road Public School and Danforth Tech. In September 1975, Neil married Ruth LePage and they shared 38 years together. During that time both Ruth and Neil travelled to Europe, Cuba and various cities in the United States to attend railway or fire buffing events. Neil retired from the Toronto Transit Commission in 1992 with 30 years of service. Neil was Member #92 of the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association. He was also a member of the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (Halton County Radial Railway), the Ontario Fire Buff Associates (OFBA) and the Toronto Transportation Society. He was an avid photographer of fire apparatus, trains and all things related to transportation. Neil will be missed by all the members of the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association and the fire buffing community.