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DURANT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-25 published
Mary Gertrude Pearl DURANT
By Bob DURANT and Kathryn DURANT Monday, November 25, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A16
Wife, mother, friend, lover of life. Born Sept. 3, 1914, in Ottawa. Died Sept. 19, in Lindsay, Ontario, of cancer, age 88.
Known as Pearl, she was the eldest of six children born to a simple Irishman with a heart of gold and a strong, loving woman of French-Canadian descent. As a result of this pairing, she inherited her fun-loving zest for life plus an independent streak that would serve her well over a lifetime.
By all accounts, Pearl HART had a happy childhood raised in a household filled with Friends and laughter. Her independence first emerged in her teens as she chose to remain in Ottawa and work for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. when her family relocated to Cornwall, Ontario She quickly established herself within a number of social circles and was often found dancing the night away at the Chateau Laurier with a succession of beaux. Other leisure pursuits included sporting trips for games of badminton and tennis.
It was on one such trip that she set her sights on the man of her dreams who just happened to be the bus driver. The handsome Jerry DURANT, from a solid Protestant family, was hardly considered a match for this young woman from a staunch Catholic background. Once again Pearl's independence prevailed and she accepted his proposal despite great resistance from both family and Friends a decision that resulted in a wonderful union spanning nearly half a century.
The early years were blessed with two children and a busy life. Happy memories included summers at the cottage, which should have been beyond their modest means except for the ever-resourceful Pearl who found a way to rent out their city apartment each year to pay for a place at the beach. In 1954, the family moved to a lovely suburb of Toronto. In a time when few women worked outside the home, Pearl became an early role model for those who did as she did and successfully balanced both home and career.
She was actively involved in every aspect of her children's lives whether supporting their athletic and artistic ventures, serving on various school committees or waiting up for a chat when they came in from a date. As an equally loving helpmate, she supported Jerry's business endeavours and often accompanied him on work-related trips. Theirs was a happy and welcoming home, especially for a son and daughter-in-law.
In 1973, Pearl and Jerry retired to Minden, Ontario, a small community in the Haliburton Highlands, much to the surprise of family and Friends alike. Undaunted, Pearl immediately immersed herself and Jerry into its social swing, forming lasting Friendships. Pearl held down jobs at both the local library and the seniors' home while Jerry went back to his roots and drove the school bus. Their four grandchildren recall wonderful childhood memories of swimming in the river and special bedtime hugs when they visited "Nana and Poppa." Pearl revelled in her family's achievements.
Following Jerry's death in 1987, Pearl's strength of character was never more evident as she created a full and rich single life in the community where they had shared so much. She realized her passion for travel, visiting places such as Alaska, Ireland, and the Panama Canal, among others. A woman who loved discussing current events and politics (she was a lifelong Liberal), good whisky and her beloved Toronto Blue Jays, she remained independent to the end.
Often the true measure of a person is not fully known until their passing. We, her family, always appreciated her wonderful sense of humour and positive attitude and were delighted to learn of so many others whose lives were also touched with her warmth and joie de vivre.
Bob and Kathryn are Pearl's son and daughter-in-law.

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DURBANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-07 published
He was too violent for hockey
By Ron CSILLAG Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, December 7, 2002 -- Page F9
The screenwriters of Requiem For a Heavyweight would have been hard-pressed to pen a more sorrowful tale than that of Steve DURBANO, described by one hockey columnist as a goofy thug who made the goons in the movie Slap Shot look like monks.
There weren't many other epithets Mr. DURBANO didn't endure in his short but brutal professional hockey career, and the tumultuous times following: Super-goon, pimp, druggie, out-of-control. Even his own teammates feared the hard, hulking defenceman, whose playing statistics show notable numbers in just one category: penalty minutes.
After Mr. DURBANO played parts of six seasons with four National Hockey League teams, his life spiralled downward in a haze of drugs, odd jobs, prison and pathos until he died last month of liver cancer in Yellowknife, where had gone to escape the demons that haunted him for all his 50 years.
In 220 National Hockey League games, he scored 13 goals, tallied 60 assists and piled up 1,127 penalty minutes, or better than five minutes a game. Throughout his pro and junior career, including three seasons with the Toronto Marlboros, he left a trail of suspensions, fighting, stick-swinging and attacks on officials. His mayhem was no secret; one banner in the arena in Ottawa said, "Kill Durbano and win a Free Trip to Hull."
In 1978, after storming off the players' bench and famously attacking Bobby HULL in Mr. DURBANO's one season with the Birmingham Bulls of the now-defunct World Hockey Association, he was banned for 12 games and threatened with a lifetime suspension for his next overtly violent infraction. The ruling gave him the dubious distinction of being too violent for hockey.
"He was the most raucous player I've ever seen," former teammate Mike MURPHY was quoted as saying recently. "He scared me when he played with me and when he played against me. He was very likable, funny, friendly and genuine. But he used his stick in vile ways."
Harry Steven DURBANO was born in Toronto, the son of Nick DURBANO, a Toronto real-estate broker and former owner of the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey Association.
"He was three years old when he laced up his first pair of skates," said Nick DURBANO, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., semi-retired from managing golf courses. "At 7, he was playing with nine-year-olds. At 13, he was playing Junior A, and the [Toronto] Marlies were already interested in him."
Armed with a Grade 10 education, Mr. DURBANO stormed into his role as an enforcer for the Marlboros beginning in 1968 and attained notoriety as the most penalized junior player in the history of the Ontario Hockey Association.
"The big thing with Steve," recalled Frank BONELLO, his coach with the Marlies for two seasons, "was that he had tremendous potential. The scouts all thought he could become a heck of a pro. But every once in a while, he would get frustrated and go off the deep end.
"And then you'd meet him after the game and you'd never know it was the same person," Bonello said in 1983. "I think he had the skills, but sometimes he didn't make the best use of them. You never knew what he'd do."
While still a junior, Mr. DURBANO was twice charged with assault for off-ice behaviour, including a gloved swipe at a police officer, but charges were dropped. His part-time job, mopping up around Maple Leaf Gardens while the Leafs practised, stoked his dreams of the big leagues.
His most productive year came in the 1971-72 season with the Omaha Knights of the Central Hockey League: seven goals and 34 assists -- but also 402 minutes spent in the box.
The New York Rangers thought enough of Mr. DURBANO to select him in the first round of the 1971 amateur draft, the 13th player chosen overall. He signed for a $10,000 bonus and a $9,000 salary. Before he could don a Rangers jersey, he was traded to St. Louis, beginning a cycle of transfers that would see the 6-foot, 1-inch, 175-pound defenceman shunted from the Blues to Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Colorado, with brief stints in the World Hockey Association and the Central and American leagues, and finally back to St. Louis, where he finished his career in 1979, missing most of that season because of hepatitis and a mangled hand.
Along the way, he was suspended as many as four times in one season; threw his gloves at referee Ron WICKS; and was fined and suspended for shooting the puck at an official.
He was a prototype of the bruiser soon sought by all professional teams, "the beginning of a breed," as one teammate said, most notably manifested in the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers.
He knew it too. "If I just went on talent alone, I never would have made the National Hockey League," he said in a jailhouse interview 20 years ago.
Mr. DURBANO's post-hockey life began to unravel in 1981, when, after a trip to Peru and Bolivia, he was arrested with $11 in his pocket and a quantity of cocaine concealed in the false heels of his shoes. He was sentenced to seven years for his part in a scheme to smuggle $568,000 worth of cocaine into Canada, partly to feed his own $1,000-a-day habit. He served 28 months, and caused a huge stink when he told a newspaper columnist that he had lied at his trial, and that drug use was widespread in the National Hockey League.
In 1998, living on welfare and a $300-a-month hockey pension, he was sentenced to three months in jail for offering an undercover police officer a job with an escort service he was operating from a Welland, Ontario, hotel room. In between, he had jobs at a slaughterhouse, as a bartender and an assistant manager of a Toronto restaurant. It was a time of heavy boozing and a divorce.
Where did all that rage come from? His mother, Doreen JORDAN, explained while choking back tears. "He was a quiet child. But when he was 5, we noticed something wasn't right with him."
Six years ago, Mr. DURBANO attempted suicide, and the secret came spilling forth: During the summer of 1956, he had been molested by a male acquaintance at a family resort. She said the incident was corroborated by Mr. DURBANO's older brother, John.
"That's why he rejected all authority from men," his mother sobbed, "but never from women. He has two teenaged daughters he loved. Gordie HOWE told me he wished his sons had half the guts Steve had.
"He was a good kid, and he loved his Mom."
Steve DURBANO, athlete, born in Toronto on Dec. 12, 1951; died in Yellowknife on Nov. 16, 2002.

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DURBANO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-22 published
DURBANO, Steven -- Passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2002. Steven will be sadly missed by his mother Doreen JORDAN, his father Nick DURBANO, his brother John DURBANO and his daughters Kerrianne and Carly. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandmother Mary (DURBANO) FRANCIS, his aunts Amelia CANTISANO and Margaret COLADEPIETRO and his uncles Peter CANTISANO and Tony COLADEPIETRO. Steven will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and colourful tales by his cousins Blaise, Anthony, Johnny, Frankie, Dino, Mary Ann, Joanne and Vena. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 9: 30 a.m. at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 2194 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.), Toronto.

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DURHAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-30 published
MEWETT, Margaret (née DURHAM) -- In her 95th year, peacefully at North York Extendicare on December 28, 2002. Beloved wife of the late George. Loving mother of Joyce, Elaine, Ed and his wife Marian. Predeceased by sister Elizabeth TEED and brother John F. DURHAM. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Brian LEE (wife Loretta) of Mississauga, Michelle McCABE (husband Dan) of Port Perry, Pamela GOARLEY (husband Dave) of London, Ontario, and Michael (wife Cathy) of Toronto, as well as great-grandchildren Anna-Marie, Christopher, Joshua, Stephanie, Rachel, Adam and Kevin. A memorial service will take place at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 275 Lesmill Road, Toronto (south of Hwy. 401, east of Leslie St.), 416-441-1580, on Saturday, January 4, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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DURIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
EMANUEL, Eileen (née DURIE) -- Peacefully at age 78, on Monday, November 18, 2002. Beloved wife of Ronald for 53 years. Loving mother to sons Glenn and Gary. Loving grandmother to Craig, Andrea, Holly, Todd and Tia and great-grandchildren Kayla and McKenna. At Eileen's request, she will be laid to rest without ceremony or service. Family and Friends are welcome at our home Saturday, November 23 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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DURIE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-18 published
DURIE, Vera E. -- Peacefully, at the Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 in her 83rd year. Vera DURIE (née STEEN,) beloved wife of Wesley DURIE. Dear sister of Marion and her husband Ronald LAWLESS of Montreal. Resting at the Lee Funeral Home Limited, 258 Queen Street South, Streetsville, where Friends may call on Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held from the Funeral Home chapel on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 1 p.m. Interment Streetsville Cemetery. Please Note: Change of Time For Funeral Service.

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DUROCHER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-18 published
MacDONALD, Michael Robert -- Suddenly, on Sunday, December 15, 2002. Michael MacDONALD, beloved son of the late Donald and Winnie MacDONALD. Michael will be greatly missed by his best friend Sharon NEWELL. Dear brother of Janice and her husband John WOLOSHYN, Donald, Sandra and her husband Mike DUROCHER, Randy and his wife Darlene, Anne and Martin McNAMARA Sr., Margaret and her husband Tom HENDERSON and Donna and Bill GREAVES. Dear uncle of Jamie, Christine and Rick, Jon, Martin, Kevin, Andrew, Taylor, Jake and Ian. Friends will be received at the Sherrin Funeral Home, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park Avenue), Toronto, (416-698-2861) on Friday, December 20, 2002 from 1: 00 p.m. until service time in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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