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MEDCALF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-27 published
Valerie Joyce MEDCALF
By Marion E. RAYCHEBA Friday, December 27, 2002, Page A24
Hair stylist, sister, aunt, godmother, friend. Born October 6, 1944, in Thornhill, Ontario Died December 7, of breast cancer, aged 58.
Valerie Joyce MEDCALF loved her home in Thornhill, dubbed "Val's Motel" by her family because it was where everyone gathered for celebrations. She was warm-hearted, welcoming Val to her family of five siblings, many nephews, nieces, and godchildren, and wide circle of Friends.
After high school, Valerie trained as a hair stylist and quickly became a superb cutter and colourist. Her faithful clientele followed her to André Kuhne Coiffure in downtown Toronto, where she practised for 18 years.
I met Valerie in 1975, when I walked in with a classic hair disaster: an Afro gone terribly wrong. It was truly my lucky day, because she took charge of my hair and became my friend. Always the consummate professional, she worked skillfully within what many might regard as unreasonable limits. Mine were "Make it short and keep it wash-and-wear." But in return, I gave her a lot of leeway with colour, and she took full advantage. Our favourite stage was my red period. I got rave reviews from total strangers, including men who stopped me on the street to offer unsolicited compliments.
About 15 years ago, "the birthday girls" were born: Valerie, Pamela Church, and me. We were all born within months of each other, and three times a year we celebrated our birthdays at a restaurant of the birthday girl's choice. We had a "no gifts" rule Valerie broke regularly. She was always bringing "just a little nothing." We had to forgive her because we knew she loved shopping and got such pleasure from presenting her fabulous finds to her Friends.
The best word to describe Valerie is "sunny." Always cheerful, good-natured, and enthusiastic, she had a beguiling sweetness about her. For all of her warmth, charm, and generosity, however, she was an intensely private person. She was cautious about allowing anyone into her inner life and was very independent. She was a giver, always ready to help, but extremely reluctant to accept it in return.
So, when Valerie was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of breast cancer in July, 2001, I --like many of her Friends struggled to balance our desire to help with her need for privacy. She did ask one thing: not to cry in front of her because it made it harder for her. How could we refuse, although it was so very difficult to do?
Throughout her battle, Valerie displayed enormous courage and great dignity. She kept on working and spending precious time with Friends and family. She threw herself into raising money for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Run for the Cure, continuing even from her hospital bed. Between us we raised $3,820, a figure of which she was justly proud.
But nothing -- not chemotherapy, a mastectomy, nor radiation and still more chemotherapy --slowed the cancer. It spread rapidly across the wall of her chest. By September 2002, it had reached into her lymph nodes and one lung. By November 26, it had reached her liver. She died in the palliative care unit of York Central Hospital in her beloved Thornhill in the early hours of December Last August, Valerie gave me a birthday card I treasure. I knew then it would be the last I would ever receive from her, and I felt the sentiment describes Valerie herself perfectly. It said: "It's a privilege to celebrate the life of someone whose gracious spirit has touched the lives of so many."
She will always be remembered as a gracious spirit who brought happiness and joy to everyone she met.
Marion RAYCHEBA is a long-time friend of Valerie MEDCALF.

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MEDCALF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-26 published
MEDCALF, Royston ''Roy'' -- Passed away peacefully at the McCall Centre on Monday, December 23, 2002, at the age of 83, after a long illness. Beloved husband of Angela. Loving father of Trudy LITSTER and her husband John of Orangeville. Proud and loving grandfather of Peter and Jack LITSTER. Brother of the late Larry. Fond uncle of Lynne MEDCALF and brother-in-law of Eve MEDCALF. Dear friend of Marie and Ken KERR. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-3 p.m. Friday, followed by Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 3 o'clock. Private interment Park Lawn Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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MEDLAND o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2002-12-31 published
PRESCOTT
In loving memory of Ivy Jean, who passed away 19 years ago, December 31, 1983.
In our home she is fondly remembered,
Sweet memories cling to her name,
Those who loved her in life sincerely,
Still love her in death just the same.
Fondly missed by Bud and the late Colleen MEDLAND.

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MEDLAND o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-18 published
MEDLAND, June (née NORTH) -- Suddenly, on Monday, December 16, 2002 at the Toronto East General Hospital, at the age of 73. Devoted wife of Wilf MEDLAND. Cherished mother of April and her husband Wayne BLAIS, and Anthony and his wife Michele. Beloved grandmother of Michael and his wife Alicia, Melissa, Jason, Christopher, Steven, and Kerri. Great-grandmother of David HUNTER and Alexander. Survived by her sister Lois and her husband Aubrey POTTAGE and her brother Ross NORTH. Predeceased by her sister Betty SCHROEDER and her brother Grant NORTH. She will also be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, extended family and dear Friends. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (between Eglinton and St. Clair Aves. E.) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Thursday, December 19 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. If desired, donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, 361 King St. West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1B4.

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MEDLINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-17 published
McQUEEN, Mabel Geraldine -- At Belmont House on November 16th, 2002, in her 90th year. Beloved wife for 69 years of Harry McQUEEN. Dear mother of Marilyn DEWIS and her late husband Geoff, Judy MEDLINE and her husband Alan, and Susan SPENCE and her husband Don. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Alison DEWIS, Michael MEDLINE, Elaine MEDLINE- BROOKS, Jonathan MEDLINE, Christine SCOTT, Julie CASH, Megan McLEAN and their families. A memorial service will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stoplights west of Yonge St.) on Tuesday, November 19th at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations to Belmont House with grateful thanks to the staff for their wonderful care and compassion, 55 Belmont Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1R1 would be appreciated.

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MEDORA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
ORMEROD, Annie (née PARTRIDGE) -- Peacefully in her sleep on Thursday December 26, 2002, at Extendicare Guildwood, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late David (Barney) ORMEROD. Dearly loved mother of Judy and her husband Ken HUNTER, David MURRAY and his wife Karen and the late Joyce Marie MEDORA. Loved grandma of Keith (Joanne), Richard (Kelley), Janice (Marven), Kathleen, Tracy (David) and Kimberley and great-grandma of Kevin, Lori-Anne, Blake, Ben, Jeffrey, Shannon, Jacklyn and soon to arrive baby Johnstone. Dear sister of Mary THORNE. She will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews and Friends. Friends may call at the Giffen-Mack ''Scarborough'' Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Ave. East (just west of Kingston Rd.), 416-281-6800 on Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service in the chapel on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment St. Margaret's in-the-Pines Cemetery.

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