Ontario trustee has file on N.L. man’s death

Barb Sweet bsweet@thetelegram.com
Published on August 15, 2014

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in Ontario has opened a file on Gordon Boyd Noseworthy, who died without identifying a next of kin, but is believed to be a Newfoundland man.

Noseworthy’s story garnered significant interest after The Telegram told of his North York, Ont., apartment complex neighbour Carline Watson’s quest to let his relatives know he had died on Aug. 3.

Watson didn’t know a lot about him, but was in the complex parking garage when Noseworthy collapsed in July. She visited him in hospital and searched his car after his death for contact information. But phone bills in the vehicle indicated he called no one and no one called him.

Citing privacy laws, the Humber River Hospital would not confirm last week to The Telegram that Noseworthy had died.

Since the story appeared, two women have identified themselves as cousins of Noseworthy, 86, and said he is from Pouch Cove. One cousin said he was a retired electronics repairman.

Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the Ontario Attorney General, said the Humber River Hospital has reported Noseworthy’s death to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, which has begun an investigation.

When someone dies in Ontario and there are no known next of kin and no will, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee may administer the estate if the net value is $10,000 or more.

The office is the estate trustee of last resort, Crawley said.

 When the public guardian  administers an estate, staff apply for a certificate of appointment of estate trustee, liquidate all assets and pay all debts and taxes owed by the estate.

The office searches for the people entitled to the estate assets as set out by law.