Mr. Richard M. Ivey (1925-2019), with Board Chair, David Nash, in 2013 during the construction phase of St. Joseph’s Hospice

The Spirit of Selfless Giving

By: Gabriella Catolino


Every day, there are business leaders and ordinary people who are quietly and conscientiously working behind the scenes to make our city a better place to live. They give of their time, money and/or expertise, expecting nothing in return. Richard Ivey was one of these people.


I met Richard and Beryl in 1996. I was planning an educational trip to France for then President of Western University, Dr. Davenport. The Ivey’s were two of the program participants. Immediately I was impressed by this regal couple who were so extraordinarily generous with their time, talent and financial support. The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western is named in honour of Richard Ivey.


But our relationship did not end there. After Beryl’s death, and Richard’s move to Toronto to be closer to his children, I had numerous occasions to have lunch with him or just sit in his apartment and chat. He was knowledgeable of many topics, and our conversations would meander covering a variety of them, often leading to his children whom he adored and was so proud of.


Richard was a mentor, someone who played a significant role in my career growth and general knowledge of the philanthropic world. I am forever grateful for having known him.


Mr. Ivey died on December 28, at the age of 94.


Richard, you are now reunited with your beloved Beryl. Please know how much you were appreciated by the communities in which you lived, worked, raised a family, and helped sustain with your philanthropic support. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.


On behalf of everyone served by St. Joseph’s Hospice, we are reminded and grateful that the “Great Room” in our Hospice Home was made possible by a most generous donation by Richard Ivey.