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KEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
DE COTIS, Clara -- Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, November 11, 2002 at Mount Sinai Hospital, in her 55th year. Beloved wife and best friend of John. Devoted Mom to Daniela (Michael PARTIPILO) and Tania. Loving daughter of Adolfo and Benedetta CORSETTI. Dear sister of Marianna (Tony ALONZI.) Clara will be deeply missed by her many family members and Friends. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. WELLS, Dr. KEN and the nurses of 14A at Princess Margaret and the Intensive Care Unit staff at Mount Sinai. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Hwy. 7 (west of Pine Valley Drive), Woodbridge, 905-851-9100, from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Immaculate Conception Church, 300 Ansley Grove Road on Friday at 9: 30 a.m. Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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KENDAL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-21 published
DUNNING, Blanche -- At her home, with her family surrounding her, on Wednesday, November 20, 2002, in her 69th year. Blanche, beloved wife of Holtby. Dear mother of Shelley, Peter, Andrew and his wife Andrea. Cherished Nana of Michael, Sarah, Kiah and Kristin. A special thank you to Dr. David KENDAL and nurse Linda. A service will be held in the chapel of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), on Saturday, November 23 at 3: 30 o'clock. If desired. donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 700 University Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto M5G 1Z5.

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KENDALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-12 published
KENDALL, Lilly May -- Peacefully at York Central Hospital on November 10, 2002. Beloved wife of the late ''Pat'' Robert Russell Kendall. Dear mother of Mary Ellen RUHL and the late Robert Guy and son-in-law Ross RUHL. Dear grandmother of Terri and Lynne RUHL, Cindy and Joe Kendall. Great-grandmother of Kaitlin and Karlie SMITH. At Lilly's request, there will be no service. In Lilly's memory, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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KENDALL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
JAMES, Mawnan Fraser ''Babe'' -- (Retired from Trenton Cold Storage Group). Peacefully, at the Trenton Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 23, 2002. Mawnan Fraser ''Babe'' JAMES of Trenton in his 73rd year. Loved son of the late Eben JAMES and Jeanie FRASER. Beloved husband of Dorothy (née SIMMONS) JAMES. Loving father of Heather JAMES and her husband Richard LIVESLEY of Toronto, Kevin JAMES of Ottawa and Melanie JAMES of Toronto. Also lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Mawnan, Courtland and Emma. Dear brother of Joan and her husband Dr. David KENDALL of Farmington, New Mexico, Margot JAMES of Trenton and Eben JAMES Sr. and his wife Gwen of Trenton. Sadly missed by nieces and nephews. The family will receive Friends at the Rushnell Funeral Centre, 60 Division Street, Trenton on Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. George's Anglican Church, John Street, Trenton on Monday, December 30 at 1 p.m. Reverend Jim McSHANE and Padre Sid HORNE officiating. Interment St. George's Cemetery, Trenton. Memorial donations to St. George's Anglican Church, Trenton or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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KENDREW o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
KENDREW, Mary Edna, R.N., Toronto General Hospital, 1940 -- April 15, 1912 - December 16, 2002 Peacefully at Norwood Nursing Home, Edna, loving mother of Nancy KENDREW, Toronto, and Mary KENDREW, Stroud. Daughter of the late Joseph and Marguerite KENDREW. Beloved sister of Edith STEWARD/STEWART/STUART. Cherished by her many nieces and nephews. Edna spent fifty years in the service of others, forty years nursing and ten years teaching, and a lifetime devoted to her family. Edna was a caring and generous individual, selfless in the way she gave to others. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Norwood Nursing Home for their years of love and compassion. Cremation has taken place, a memorial service will take place in the spring. Donations made as an act of kindness to others would honour the spirit of Edna.

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KENDRICK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-30 published
BOLTON, Jack C. -- Suddenly at Lakeridge Health-Bowmanville on Sunday, December 29th, 2002 at the age of 55. Loving son of Hilda CZYRKA of Toronto. Caring brother of Marilyn KENDRICK and family, and Doreen BOVAY and family. Will be sadly missed by his family Sherry and his three children Jaclyn, Sabrina, and Jake. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 31st at 2: 00 p.m. at Southside Worship Centre, 55 Emperor Street, Ajax (905-428-1985). Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be made through Oshawa Funeral Service (905-721-1234).

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2002-12-26 published
KENNEDY
In loving memory of a dear wife, mother and grandmother, Viola, who passed away 1 year ago December 27th, 2001.
God saw you getting tired,
When a cure is not to be,
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered "come to me".
Your golden heart stopped beating,
Your gentle hand at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Always loved, ever missed, Archie, Elaine, Jean, Shirley, Audrey and families.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
The greater glory of a former National Hockey League player turned Flying Father
By Roy MacGREGOR Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A2
Statistics, they say, don't tell the whole story.
In Les COSTELLO's case, they barely touch it.
The one he picked up yesterday will complete a 74-year run: Feb. 16, 1928, to Dec. 10, 2002.
The National Hockey League record book will say, equally forever: one season, 15 games, two goals, three assists -- but even here the numbers will cover only a small portion of Les COSTELLO's remarkable story.
He played but part of one year after having come up, a scrawny 158-pounder from South Porcupine, Ontario, to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs. Just turned 20, he would score two goals and two assists in only five playoff games to help the Leafs to the Stanley Cup as the best hockey team in the world.
He played with Teeder KENNEDY, Howie MEEKER and Syl APPS, and might have played for years had he not simply packed up his equipment in the spring of 1950 and left for the seminary, certain he would rather be a priest than a player, a young man in search of quite different glory.
Some said he could have been a great one.
Yesterday, when Les COSTELLO died in Toronto -- having been in a coma since falling on the ice a week earlier in a charity hockey game -- they said he had indeed become a great one.
I will not pretend to have known him well. My only acquaintance with him, oddly enough, was on the ice, though he last played in the National Hockey League the year I was born. But twice, once in 1983, and then again a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on the ice opposite the Flying Fathers, the madcap, charming and yes, highly talented -- hockey team that Reverend Les COSTELLO helped put together in the early 1960s to raise money for charity.
In 1983 that cause was the Jocelyn Lovell Trust Fund. LOVELL, an Olympic cyclist, had been run off the road by a dump truck while training and would never race again. National Hockey League hall-of-famer Ken DRYDEN helped launch a campaign to raise money for the injured athlete and had combined a number of former hockey stars -- among them Gordie HOWE, Andy BATHGATE, Paul HENDERSON, Frank MAHOVLICH and Eddie SHACK -- with some oddball additions that included artist Ken DANBY, lacrosse legend Jack BIONDA, a certain sports media hack and, as coach, broadcaster Peter GZOWSKI.
Contrary to expectations, however, the old hockey greats were not the stars of the game. That belonged, almost exclusively, to Les COSTELLO and his madcap, slapstick hijinks. Perhaps you had to be there but, rest assured, the funniest person on the ice was not Mr. SHACK and the slickest not Mr. BATHGATE. Les COSTELLO might even have been more physical than Mr. HOWE. And just for the record, he did not take the Lord's name in vain during the game. He did, however, use just about every other method of swearing.
What was astonishing about that game was that Les COSTELLO had only recently learned to skate again. A few winters earlier he had become lost in the bush while hunting and lost all but two of his toes to frostbite.
No one remembers the score of that long-ago game, but all who were there remember the good-hearted Costello, his continual laughter, his bag of tricks -- and the cheque for $30,000 he and Ken DRYDEN turned over to Jocelyn LOVELL that night.
They talk about the importance of heart in hockey, but some of those who leave the game behind have even bigger hearts. Les COSTELLO returned to Northern Ontario, where he became a legend of a different sort in Schumacher, close by Timmins and his boyhood home of South Porcupine. He kept up his connections to hockey through younger brother Murray, who played several years in the National Hockey League and later served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association, and also with his Flying Fathers, who became to hockey what the Harlem Globetrotters have always been to basketball.
He was renowned as a priest for his terrible jokes, and insisted on leading off his weekly sermons with one -- at times being less than discretionary in his choice of opener. But if he was unpredictable in behaviour, he was totally predictable in reaction: If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He set up a mission and gave out food and furniture to those in need. The rectory door at St. Alphonsus was never locked. There was always room at the inn, no matter what a person's faith or lack of faith.
"My philosophy is simple," he once said. "Bring happiness and joy into the lives of everyone you meet.
"Not a bad philosophy, I figure."
Not bad at all.
And, oh yes, one more statistic just to round things out.
Amount raised for charity: $4-million.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-11 published
OLDHAM, Chesley Forrest -- October 15, 1919 - November 9, 2002 Ches passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health, Uxbridge the evening of November 9, 2002 at the age of 83. He was the beloved husband of Mable (TINDALL) for the past 54 years; loving father of Rick (Gerry), Stuart (Lilly - deceased) and Brad (Pam); loving grandfather of Krista, Karl, Kyle, Jason, Tyler and Samantha. Ches was the son of Abel and Elsie OLDHAM (deceased.) He was the brother of Eva and Joe HERRMANN of Balsam Lake, Ernie OLDHAM (Lil - deceased) of St. Catharines, Betty and Pra SOANES of India, the late Nathan OLDHAM (Kathleen DAVIDSON) of Cameron and the late Opal GREENLAW of Whitehorse. He was the dear brother-in-law of Alice KENNEDY (Goldie - deceased) of Scarborough, Helen WATSON (Claude - deceased) of Pefferlaw and Margaret and Bruce CHAPMAN of Mississauga. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, Friends and neighbours. Ches was born in Irma, Alberta, raised in Mount Albert, Ontario, farmed in Zephyr, Ontario and retired in Uxbridge, Ontario. He was a member of the Irish Regiment of Canada during World War II. Some of his many accomplishments were as an active Boy Scout leader, a member of the Scott Township Council, Ontario County Council, Chairman of the Uxbridge Hospital Board, a member of the Masonic Lodge and President of the Uxbridge Seniors. Family will receive Friends at Low And Low Funeral Home, 23 Main St. S. in Uxbridge, Ontario on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will take place at Trinity United Church, 20 First Avenue, Uxbridge, Ontario at 2: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2002. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Foundation.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-16 published
PHILLIPS, John Gavin (Jack) -- Age 81. Passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 3, 2002, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Northern Ireland but came to Toronto as a child where he spent the rest of his life. He retired after a lengthy service with (Supertest) British Petroleum. During W.W. II, Jack served in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons and was very proud to have fought for the liberation of Holland. son of the late Gavin PHILLIPS and the late Leonora PHILLIPS, he was predeceased by his wives Nan in 1965 and Margaret in 1985. He is survived by his stepdaughter Diane GOBEL, her husband Werner of Newmarket and their four sons. He is also survived by his sisters Rae BARKER, Aurora, and Leonora CRAMMOND, Newmarket, and his brother William (Bill) of Jackson's Point. He was predeceased by his sisters Reta KENNEDY and Doris MAHER. Jack will be fondly missed by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Murray E. Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Road (south of Eglinton), Toronto at 11 a.m., with Reverend Deborah HART officiating. The family wish to thank the Hiley family and Dr. Lisa BELGIUDICE for all their wonderful care and request that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Sunnybrook Hospital Cardiopulmonary Unit.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
JACOBS, Katherine -- Passed away peacefully in Brampton, November 8, 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Ella Virginia BLAKE of Saskatoon, granddaughters Katherine and Lynn BLAKE, sister Jean (John) WISE and family of Shreveport, Louisiana. She was predeceased by her husband, George Ansley JACOBS, of Kingston, by her parents, and by her sons-in-law, John BLAKE and Ed KENNEDY. Born in Maryland, U.S.A., she came to Canada as a bride in 1941. With her husband, she was a founding member of St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake United Church, Kingston. She taught at Frontenac Secondary in Kingston, and then moved to Toronto in 1970 to teach at Parkdale Collegiate until her retirement to Brampton. She was a resident at Holland Christian Homes, Brampton, and was a member of Outreach International Church. Special thanks are given to the nurses and staff of Holland Christian Homes for their loving care and to Joanna DYKSTRA and the Outreach International community. A memorial service will be held in Brampton Tuesday, November 26,7: 30 p.m. at Holland Christian Homes and in Saskatoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Outreach International (5975 Grossbeak Dr., Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B3) or to Faith Manor, Holland Christian Homes (7900 McLaughlin Rd. S., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5A7.)

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
KENNEDY, Mary (née SMIRNOV) -- After a courageous battle with cancer on November 21, 2002 peacefully in her sleep at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Beloved wife of Julian CARVER. Loving daughter of Anna and the late Serge SMIRNOV. Dear sister of John and Diane, Ben and Jan, Vladimir, and Alek and Rose. Mary will be sadly missed by Jeffrey, Peter, and Jayne CARVER and their children and her nieces and nephews: Amy, Scott, Nicholas, Lindsay, Holley and Laura SMIRNOV. Visitation at the O'Neill Funeral Home, 6324 Main Street, Stouffville (905) 642-2855 on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Monday at 11 a.m. If desired donations to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be appreciated.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-01 published
KENNEDY, Ralph C.
Who was called home December 1, 2001. Always in my thoughts, Forever in my heart.
I love you, Marie.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
COMEAU, Paul Michael -- The death of Paul Michael COMEAU, formerly of Montreal, husband of Margaret KENNEDY- COMEAU, occurred on Sunday, December 15, 2002, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Born in Montreal, he was the son of the late Charles and Linda (BUTLER) COMEAU. He was a member of St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Parish, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Paul is survived by three sons Peter (Cathy) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael (Janette) of Oakville, Ontario and Joseph (Debbie) of Maple, Ontario; three daughters Marie (Ross) BROWNRIDGE of Whitby, Ontario, Theresa (Ron) KERR of Caledon, Ontario and Jacqueline COMEAU of Ottawa, Ontario; two sisters Linda (Frank) TAILOR/TAYLOR of St. Lambert, Quebec and Rosalie GIROUX of St. Bruno, Quebec; ten grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at York Funeral Home, 302 Brookside Dr., Fredericton, New Brunswick on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. from St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, Fredericton, New Brunswick with Father John JENNINGS officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Lambert, Quebec. For those who wish, remembrances to the Covenant House or a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-19 published
FOLEY, George Allan -- Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 18, 2002. Beloved soulmate and husband of Shirley for over 52 years. Loving father of Rod, Mark and Josie, Susan and Norm, Bryan and Sue, Drew and Elizabeth. Devoted grandfather to Lee, Emma, Tory, Lisa, Ryan, Jessie, Scott, Erica and Samantha. son of the late Jean and Howard FOLEY, and beloved brother of Howard, Yvonne, and the late Thelma; son-in-law of the late Anna and Lorne KENNEDY. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 3 o'clock, with a reception to follow. Cremation. For those who wish, remembrances to the Neurofibromatosis Society of Canada or to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. A True Renaissance Man

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KENNEDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-22 published
OLMSTEAD, Denise Catherine -- October 25, 1925 - December 20, 2002 Denise OLMSTEAD, a resident of the Manitoulin Lodge, Gore Bay and formerly of Mississauga, died at the Mindemoya Hospital, on Friday, December 20, 2002, at the age of 77 years. She was born in London, England, daughter of the late Wm. Timothy and Anne (BUCKLAND) WALKER. Denise had been an R.N. in the Royal Air Force and also at the Scarborough Centenary Hospital and the Trillium Hospital, Mississauga. She had been a very active person, having been a member of the Girl Guides Lion's Club, and had been Co-founder of the Parents Without Partners Chapter in her area. She was fondly referred to as ''the Dutchess'', and will be remembered as a lady who kept others organized. Her greatest joys were being involved with her many Friends, her family and Parents Without Partners. Through these relationships, she was an inspiration and mentor to many. Denise never ''gave up'' and her inspiration and love of life will be cherished by family and all who knew her. Dearly loved and loving mother of Gloria and Bill KENNEDY of London and Terry and Rosanne OLMSTEAD of Gore Bay. Proud grandmother of Jessica, Jason and Jennifer. Dear sister of Bill and his wife Ruth WALKER of Kingston and Pat KERRISON of England. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay, from 10: 30 - 11: 30 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2002. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11: 30 a.m. with Fr. Bert FOLIOT officiating. Cremation to follow. A Memorial Service will be held in Mississauga at a place and time to be announced. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay 705-282-2270

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KENNY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-16 published
McMAHON, Josephine A., née CENNAMO -- Passed away peacefully at her residence on December 13, 2002, in her 78th year. Josephine, predeceased by loving husband Patrick, sisters Mary PARKER, Ida KENNY and brother Peter CENNAMO. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass in Holy Cross Church (located at Donlands Ave. on Cosburn Ave.) on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment of cremated remains in Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to charity of ones choice. No visitation.

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KENTNER o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2002-05-10 published
MURRAY, Robert Edward
Ted MURRAY, beloved husband of Lois KENTNER, passed away peacefully at his residence in Clarksburg on Friday, May 3, 2002 in his 68th year. He was the loving father of Jim MURRAY and his wife Lori of Parry Sound; John MURRAY and his wife Laura of Clarksburg and Paul MURRAY and his wife Pattijo of Collingwood. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Macrina, Sarah and Daniele MURRAY; Hugh and Lily MURRAY; and Katlin and Rebecca MURRAY. Ted was predeceased by a brother, Hugh MURRAY and will be remembered by Hugh's wife Verna of Collingwood. Family received Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, The Valley Chapel, in Thornbury on Monday afternoon and evening. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ, Nelson Street, Meaford on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 with Pastor Randy MORRITT officiating. Interment at Union Cemetery, Thornbury followed. As your expression of sympathy donations to the Church of Christ, Meaford or the Lung Association would be appreciated.

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KENTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-26 published
Folk singer, ad man penned lyrics
Travellers founder, political backroomer, rewrote This Land with a Canadian twist
By Charles MANDEL Special to The Globe and Mail Tuesday, November 26, 2002 -- Page R11
Wordsmith and marketing executive Jerry GOODIS, as well-known for his advertising slogans as for rewriting This Land Is Our Land for the landmark folk group The Travellers, has died at age 73.
Mr. GOODIS's facility with words ranged from the nationalistic pride of the folksong's lyrics, to the crassly commercial but nonetheless equally memorable Harvey's Makes Your Hamburger a Beautiful Thing. "His forte was the spoken word," said Jerry GRAY/GREY, a life-long friend of Mr. GOODIS's. "He could sell anything to anybody, as happened later in the advertising business."
A jazz fan who loved the music of Stan KENTON and Woody HERMAN, Mr. GOODIS was the son of a union organizer/tailor in Toronto's garment district. He studied art at the city's Central Technical High School, but gained his real education through the Communist-leaning United Jewish People's Order to which both his and Mr. GRAY/GREY's parents belonged.
In the early 1950s, both Mr. GOODIS and Mr. GRAY/GREY sang in the United Jewish People's Order's youth choir, a group of some 18 kids that would travel around Ontario and sing folk music and labour songs on picket lines. The youngsters spent summers at the United Jewish People's Order's camp, Naivelt, northwest of Toronto, where they'd sing songs and swap stories at informal hootenannies. The mother of Zal YANOVSKY -- he would go on to fame as the Loving Spoonful's guitarist -- acted as camp director, and renowned American folksinger Pete SEEGER was a frequent visitor. "It was a cauldron of folk music," Mr. GRAY/GREY recalled.
In 1953, Mr. GOODIS and Mr. GRAY/GREY, along with Gray's sister Helen, Sid DOLGAY and Oscar ROSS formed The Travellers, drawing inspiration from Mr. SEEGER and his group, The Weavers. According to authors Ted and Alex BARRIS in their book, Making Music, when The Travellers made their debut at the United Jewish People's Order's national convention in 1953, "they sang their complete repertoire of three songs, and when the audience called for more, they sang all three songs again."
In 1954, Mr. SEEGER told The Travellers they might as well rewrite Woody GUTHRIE's classic anthem to America, This Land Is Our Land, because no one south of the border could hear it at the time. Mr. GUTHRIE, Mr. SEEGER and others were under investigation as Communists and radio stations had blacklisted their music. At a house party, Mr. GOODIS and the others began playing around with the lyrics, first writing "from Newfoundland to the Vancouver Island." The group changed the song to its better-known version ("from Bonavista to the Vancouver Island") in time for a talent-hunt show on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television called Pick the Stars.
The Travellers sang This Land Is Our Land on the show and the letters of acclaim from viewers poured in. In the following decade, the song became such a huge hit that when singers like Peter, Paul and Mary or the Kingston Trio came to Canada, they'd launch into the American version and then look puzzled when Canadian audiences began jeering them. "The song lives on," Mr. GRAY/GREY said. "It's The Travellers' signature song and has been since those early days."
Mr. GOODIS recorded Across Canada With The Travellers and The Travellers Sing Songs of North America with the band. Despite the group's growing fame, Mr. GOODIS remained modest about his role. His son David remembers that Mr. GOODIS would always joke he lacked talent.
"He couldn't sing, but he started the group so they couldn't kick him out," David said. "That was the line he always used to use."
As it turned out, nobody pushed Mr. GOODIS from the band. He quit in 1961 to form an ad agency that would become Goodis Goldberg Soren and go on to create some of the catchiest product slogans around. As Mr. GOODIS avidly pursued singing, he'd also fostered an equal interest in advertising. While working at his first job, cutting stencils for mimeograph machines, Mr. Goodis hit on the idea of starting a direct-mail company. With his friend and later-to-be fellow Traveller Oscar ROSS, they began Rosgood Advertising.
"We used to say, let's do it even though we're not going to make money. But we'll get samples. But we never got very far with those samples," Mr. ROSS said.
Mr. GOODIS managed advertising for a Toronto jewellery-store chain and did a catalogue for a children's-wear distributor, but it was while singing for The Travellers that he met his future ad-agency partner. Sam GOLDBERG worked as the group's music director and manager, but like Goodis he saw a future in advertising. Carl DAIR, a graphic designer, joined them, but ultimately their third partner was Al SOREN.
Their first break came when they landed the account for Hush Puppies, a then-unknown brand of shoe. They had $7,000 to launch the campaign, so for $900 the agency created a 20-second television commercial featuring a basset hound. The unlikely ad sparked sales and the accounts rolled in. The Canadian Encyclopedia reports that the firm's billings quickly reached $30-million.
Mr. GOODIS is widely credited for creating such slogans as, "We care about the shape you're in" for Wonderbra, and, "At Speedy, you're a somebody" for Speedy Muffler King. However, his colleagues said copywriters and art directors actually penned the lines. Doug LINTON, who worked as a creative director at Goodis Goldberg Soren, said Mr. GOODIS critiqued advertising brilliantly and encouraged creative thought. "He convinced the captains of industry, the people who purchased advertising, that they could make money by doing advertising that had some wit and artistry about it."
Politics also attracted Mr. GOODIS. In 1968, he attended the Liberal Party convention and came back excited over the prospects of a rising star who might one day become prime minister, Pierre TRUDEAU. " From then on, whenever election time was getting close, my dad would immerse himself in that," David GOODIS remembered. Along with Senator Keith DAVEY, Mr. GOODIS became one of Prime Minister Trudeau's most trusted re-election team members.
After leaving advertising, Mr. GOODIS founded The Jerry Goodis Business Education Group and helped set up programs for young entrepreneurs at several universities and colleges. As late as 1998, Hamilton's McMaster University hired him to help rebrand the educational institution.
After a lifetime in Toronto, Mr. GOODIS moved to Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, where he entered semi-retirement. In the last couple of years of his life, according to Mr. GRAY/GREY, Mr. GOODIS reunited with The Travellers, helping with publicity around a National Film Board production on the band. "I think in his later years," Mr. GRAY/GREY said, "he began to appreciate the value the Travellers had on the Canadian psyche. In many ways, he may have forgotten his roots and in later years when he wasn't doing as much in the business world, he loved what The Travellers were doing and loved the part he played. After all, he's the founder."
Mr. GOODIS died of cancer on Nov. 8. He leaves his third wife, Joyce SEIDEL- GOODIS of Harrison Hot Springs, and children Leslie, David and Noah.

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KENTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-26 published
Folk singer, ad man penned lyrics
Travellers founder, political backroomer, rewrote This Land with a Canadian twist
By Charles MANDEL Special to The Globe and Mail Tuesday, November 26, 2002 -- Page R11
Wordsmith and marketing executive Jerry GOODIS, as well-known for his advertising slogans as for rewriting This Land Is Our Land for the landmark folk group The Travellers, has died at age 73.
Mr. GOODIS's facility with words ranged from the nationalistic pride of the folksong's lyrics, to the crassly commercial but nonetheless equally memorable Harvey's Makes Your Hamburger a Beautiful Thing. "His forte was the spoken word," said Jerry GRAY/GREY, a life-long friend of Mr. GOODIS's. "He could sell anything to anybody, as happened later in the advertising business."
A jazz fan who loved the music of Stan KENTON and Woody HERMAN, Mr. GOODIS was the son of a union organizer/tailor in Toronto's garment district. He studied art at the city's Central Technical High School, but gained his real education through the Communist-leaning United Jewish People's Order to which both his and Mr. GRAY/GREY's parents belonged.
In the early 1950s, both Mr. GOODIS and Mr. GRAY/GREY sang in the United Jewish People's Order's youth choir, a group of some 18 kids that would travel around Ontario and sing folk music and labour songs on picket lines. The youngsters spent summers at the United Jewish People's Order's camp, Naivelt, northwest of Toronto, where they'd sing songs and swap stories at informal hootenannies. The mother of Zal YANOVSKY -- he would go on to fame as the Loving Spoonful's guitarist -- acted as camp director, and renowned American folksinger Pete SEEGER was a frequent visitor. "It was a cauldron of folk music," Mr. GRAY/GREY recalled.
In 1953, Mr. GOODIS and Mr. GRAY/GREY, along with Gray's sister Helen, Sid DOLGAY and Oscar ROSS formed The Travellers, drawing inspiration from Mr. SEEGER and his group, The Weavers. According to authors Ted and Alex BARRIS in their book, Making Music, when The Travellers made their debut at the United Jewish People's Order's national convention in 1953, "they sang their complete repertoire of three songs, and when the audience called for more, they sang all three songs again."
In 1954, Mr. SEEGER told The Travellers they might as well rewrite Woody GUTHRIE's classic anthem to America, This Land Is Our Land, because no one south of the border could hear it at the time. Mr. GUTHRIE, Mr. SEEGER and others were under investigation as Communists and radio stations had blacklisted their music. At a house party, Mr. GOODIS and the others began playing around with the lyrics, first writing "from Newfoundland to the Vancouver Island." The group changed the song to its better-known version ("from Bonavista to the Vancouver Island") in time for a talent-hunt show on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television called Pick the Stars.
The Travellers sang This Land Is Our Land on the show and the letters of acclaim from viewers poured in. In the following decade, the song became such a huge hit that when singers like Peter, Paul and Mary or the Kingston Trio came to Canada, they'd launch into the American version and then look puzzled when Canadian audiences began jeering them. "The song lives on," Mr. GRAY/GREY said. "It's The Travellers' signature song and has been since those early days."
Mr. GOODIS recorded Across Canada With The Travellers and The Travellers Sing Songs of North America with the band. Despite the group's growing fame, Mr. GOODIS remained modest about his role. His son David remembers that Mr. GOODIS would always joke he lacked talent.
"He couldn't sing, but he started the group so they couldn't kick him out," David said. "That was the line he always used to use."
As it turned out, nobody pushed Mr. GOODIS from the band. He quit in 1961 to form an ad agency that would become Goodis Goldberg Soren and go on to create some of the catchiest product slogans around. As Mr. GOODIS avidly pursued singing, he'd also fostered an equal interest in advertising. While working at his first job, cutting stencils for mimeograph machines, Mr. Goodis hit on the idea of starting a direct-mail company. With his friend and later-to-be fellow Traveller Oscar ROSS, they began Rosgood Advertising.
"We used to say, let's do it even though we're not going to make money. But we'll get samples. But we never got very far with those samples," Mr. ROSS said.
Mr. GOODIS managed advertising for a Toronto jewellery-store chain and did a catalogue for a children's-wear distributor, but it was while singing for The Travellers that he met his future ad-agency partner. Sam GOLDBERG worked as the group's music director and manager, but like Goodis he saw a future in advertising. Carl DAIR, a graphic designer, joined them, but ultimately their third partner was Al SOREN.
Their first break came when they landed the account for Hush Puppies, a then-unknown brand of shoe. They had $7,000 to launch the campaign, so for $900 the agency created a 20-second television commercial featuring a basset hound. The unlikely ad sparked sales and the accounts rolled in. The Canadian Encyclopedia reports that the firm's billings quickly reached $30-million.
Mr. GOODIS is widely credited for creating such slogans as, "We care about the shape you're in" for Wonderbra, and, "At Speedy, you're a somebody" for Speedy Muffler King. However, his colleagues said copywriters and art directors actually penned the lines. Doug LINTON, who worked as a creative director at Goodis Goldberg Soren, said Mr. GOODIS critiqued advertising brilliantly and encouraged creative thought. "He convinced the captains of industry, the people who purchased advertising, that they could make money by doing advertising that had some wit and artistry about it."
Politics also attracted Mr. GOODIS. In 1968, he attended the Liberal Party convention and came back excited over the prospects of a rising star who might one day become prime minister, Pierre TRUDEAU. " From then on, whenever election time was getting close, my dad would immerse himself in that," David GOODIS remembered. Along with Senator Keith DAVEY, Mr. GOODIS became one of Prime Minister Trudeau's most trusted re-election team members.
After leaving advertising, Mr. GOODIS founded The Jerry Goodis Business Education Group and helped set up programs for young entrepreneurs at several universities and colleges. As late as 1998, Hamilton's McMaster University hired him to help rebrand the educational institution.
After a lifetime in Toronto, Mr. GOODIS moved to Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, where he entered semi-retirement. In the last couple of years of his life, according to Mr. GRAY/GREY, Mr. GOODIS reunited with The Travellers, helping with publicity around a National Film Board production on the band. "I think in his later years," Mr. GRAY/GREY said, "he began to appreciate the value the Travellers had on the Canadian psyche. In many ways, he may have forgotten his roots and in later years when he wasn't doing as much in the business world, he loved what The Travellers were doing and loved the part he played. After all, he's the founder."
Mr. GOODIS died of cancer on Nov. 8. He leaves his third wife, Joyce SEIDEL- GOODIS of Harrison Hot Springs, and children Leslie, David and Noah.

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