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RAY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-12-18 published
James Ross WILLIAMSON " Jim"
In loving memory of James Ross WILLIAMSON a resident of Little Current at Manitoulin Health Centre on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at the age of 73 years.
Husband of Eleanor (née EVERITT.) Father of Annie (Michael LOOSEMORE) of Regina Lynn WILLIAMSON of Regina, Shirlie WILLIAMSON of Halifax, Margaret (Roger BAILEY) of Prescott, Valerie (George McDONALD) of Edmonton, Maureen WILLIAMSON of Fenwick, Peter WILLIAMSON (Karen) of Pembroke, John WILLIAMSON of Nova Scotia, predeceased by daughter Geanie RAYE in 1984. Grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 16. Survived by sisters Doris (Fred RAY) of Peterborough, Helen (Richard HARRIS) of Huntsville and brother Joe (Amy) WILLIAMSON of Little Current.
At Jim's request direct cremation. Jim's favourite charity was the CNIB, donations there would be appreciated. Arrangement in care of Island Funeral Home.

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RAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-04 published
Civic leader triumphed over dyslexia
Councillor, mayor of Woodstock, Ontario, grasped the issues by talking to people
By Randy RAY Special to The Globe and Mail Wednesday, December 4, 2002 -- Page R9
Joe PEMBER could barely read and never learned to write more than his own name but his lifelong struggle with dyslexia didn't stop him from rising to the pinnacle of local politics in Woodstock, Ontario, where he also ran a successful business.
Mr. PEMBER, a long-time city councillor, and mayor of Woodstock for six years, died on October 2. He was 59.
Friends, colleagues and family praised Mr. PEMBER as a colourful and remarkable civic leader who overcame stiff odds to make a name for himself. Because of an incurable disorder, all letters and sentences he saw appeared jumbled, yet still managed to help run a city and operate a profitable and vital business.
Joe PEMBER Jr. said his father's dyslexia was in large measure responsible for his success.
"He endeared himself to a lot of people -- and a lot of people out there gave him help. Later in life, he committed much of what he saw to memory. Because of that, he was able to organize his thoughts very quickly and could think better than most."
Mr. PEMBER was born in Toronto and moved to Woodstock at age four. He started school in a special class that included mentally handicapped pupils, but dropped out after Grade 3 and, at 14, landed a job delivering telegrams. By age 17 he was washing ambulances. Later, he became a driver, then paramedic and finally manager of Woodstock Ambulance Ltd. By age 21, he owned the company.
Mr. PEMBER struggled with his condition and considered himself a "freak." When he was 30, a London, Ontario, neurologist finally diagnosed him as dyslexic.
He was first elected to city council in 1973 and made an unsuccessful run for mayor in 1976. He was back in 1979 and was elected mayor in 1985 and re-elected in 1988. As mayor and a Woodstock councillor, he served for several years on Oxford County Council. He later stepped down as mayor, but stayed on city council until the day he died.
Whether he was at city hall or running the ambulance business with his wife Alice, Mr. PEMBER never acquired a special assistant to help with day-to-day duties. It was Joe Jr., his wife and those he worked with who often read agendas and other material to him.
"It's remarkable how he compensated," said his long-time friend Suresh DIXIT, a Woodstock physician. "He was like a one-legged man who won every race."
Dr. DIXIT said Mr. PEMBER got around his dyslexia by developing memory and listening skills. Because he could not read the council agenda, he simply talked to citizens or city staff to get a grasp of the issues.
Joe PEMBER was "apolitical," said Phil POOLE, who spent 34 years on the same council.
"He was forever helping people, whether dealing with issues on council or during his everyday life. He had a very generous spirit," said Mr. POOLE, who remembers Mr. PEMBER handing a $20 bill to a needy person on the street.
As a politician, Mr. PEMBER's legacy includes spearheading a drive to build the Springbank Street bridge, which joined north and south Woodstock and opened up the city's industrial land to development.
In the mid-190s, he was also instrumental in bringing about the Woodstock District Community Complex that gave the city two double-pad hockey arenas, a meeting hall and space for a gymnastics club, a community college campus and a day-care centre.
Chris NIXON, city hall reporter for The Woodstock Sentinel-Review in the late 1970s, remembers Mr. PEMBER as a "reporter and editor's dream" -- especially on a slow news day.
"If you needed colourful quotes to juice up a story, he was the go-to guy. The subject didn't matter -- you'd just background Joe on it and he'd shoot from the lip," said Mr. NIXON, now an editor with The London Free Press. "Here was a guy who really did care about his community and who truly believed that what he was doing -- and saying -- was for the betterment of the community."
When Mr. PEMBER couldn't find the right words to express himself, he often resorted to "Pemberisms" -- made-up words and expressions, such as "flusterated," a combination of flustered and frustrated.
"He knew what he wanted to say, so he put it into his own word," said Mr. POOLE. " You knew exactly what he meant."
As a paramedic, Mr. PEMBER was often the first to arrive at hundreds of grisly accident scenes.
"He had an uncanny ability to deal with the injured and help their families," Dr. DIXIT said, adding that Mr. PEMBER kept his cool at accident scenes but was sometimes haunted by what he had witnessed -- especially if it involved young people. Mr. PEMBER retired from the business on Jan. 1, 2001.
Mr. PEMBER leaves his wife Alice, daughter Heather and sons Joe and Jay.
Joe PEMBER, local politician and businessman; born in Toronto on June 28, 1943; died in Woodstock, Ontario, on Oct. 2, 2002.

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RAYCHEBA 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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RAYE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-12-18 published
James Ross WILLIAMSON " Jim"
In loving memory of James Ross WILLIAMSON a resident of Little Current at Manitoulin Health Centre on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at the age of 73 years.
Husband of Eleanor (née EVERITT.) Father of Annie (Michael LOOSEMORE) of Regina Lynn WILLIAMSON of Regina, Shirlie WILLIAMSON of Halifax, Margaret (Roger BAILEY) of Prescott, Valerie (George McDONALD) of Edmonton, Maureen WILLIAMSON of Fenwick, Peter WILLIAMSON (Karen) of Pembroke, John WILLIAMSON of Nova Scotia, predeceased by daughter Geanie RAYE in 1984. Grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 16. Survived by sisters Doris (Fred RAY) of Peterborough, Helen (Richard HARRIS) of Huntsville and brother Joe (Amy) WILLIAMSON of Little Current.
At Jim's request direct cremation. Jim's favourite charity was the CNIB, donations there would be appreciated. Arrangement in care of Island Funeral Home.

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RAYMER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-16 published
BARNES, Eleanor Irene, née RAINEY -- Passed away peacefully at Toronto Western Hospital on December 14, 2002, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of Lloyd. Predeceased by brothers Mervyn, Harold, Glenn and Clare, also by sisters Elda RAYMER and Thelma FISHER. Eleanor will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Interment in Spring of 2003.

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RAYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-11 published
POTJEWYD, Boelo (Bob) Johannes -- Passed away peacefully into the hands of God at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Saturday, November 9, 2002 in his 79th year. Bob POTJEWYD was born in The Netherlands. Beloved husband and best friend of Marie Longfield POTJEWYD and predeceased by his first wife after 40 years, Mary Elizabeth VERBIEST. Bob will forever be loved and remembered by his children John POTJEWYD and wife Sally, Mary BAKER and husband Don, Bob POTJEWYD Jr., Cathy WILKE and husband Mike, Peter POTJEWYD and wife Natalie, Elizabeth STOREY and husband Ron, Linda HENDERSON and husband Dr. Bob, Blake LONGFIELD and wife Ruth, Dale LONGFIELD and wife Kitty. Loving grandfather of Deena and Mathew BAKER, Chris, Halina, Jonathan and Sarah WILKE, Lara, Frances and Geoffrey POTJEWYD, Roman POTJEWYD, Lisa FARR and husband Dan, David HENDERSON and wife Karen, Christie LONGFIELD and husband Steve, Jennifer RAYNER and husband Scott, Becky LONGFIELD, Amanda and Jamie LONGFIELD, and ''Gammy's Bob'' to eleven great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at Taylor Funeral Home Newmarket Chapel, 524 Davis Drive, Newmarket from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 17955 Leslie Street, Newmarket 10 o'clock Tuesday, November 12, 2002. Interment, Saint John Cemetery, Newmarket. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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RAYNOR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
APLIN, William Donald -- Suddenly on Thursday, December 12th, 2002 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Don APLIN, in his 46th year, beloved husband of Diane APLIN (née MINETT) and loving father of Kym and Warren. Loved son of William and Janet APLIN of Barrie and son-in-law of Russ and Ev MINETT of Mississauga. Dear brother of Elaine and her husband Jim JAMIESON of Toronto and brother-in-law of Cheryl SWALA of Mississauga, Wayne and Marna Rose MINETT of Toronto and Rick MINETT of Regina, Saskatchewan. Uncle to Shannon and Shane JAMIESON, Colin and Daniel SWALA, Justin and Lauren MINETT and Jessica, Jacqueline and Calvin MINETT. Nephew of Bill and Eleanor RAYNOR of Barrie and cousin of John and David RAYNOR, also of Barrie. Don will be sadly missed by his dog 'Trio', the cats 'Friendly', 'Viper' and 'Lilleigh' and 'Snowflake' the rabbit. Friends will be received at the J.S. Jones and son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, north of Maple Avenue, Georgetown, 905-877-3631, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral and committal service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, December 19th at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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RAYWOOD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
NOWELL, Dorothy May (née EARLES) -- Gone to be with her Lord and Saviour, peacefully at her residence in North York on Monday, December 16, 2002 in her 87th year. Dorothy, loving wife of the late Harold George NOWELL (1985.) Dear mother of David (wife Doreen), Ruth (Mrs. David RAYWOOD), British Columbia and John (wife Gail). Cherished grandmother of Pamela and her husband Shane, Natalie and her husband Ricardo, Melonie, Jennifer, Steven and Andrew, Mark and his wife Kristy, Kerri and her husband Josh, and Sarah. Great-grandmother of Jordan, Luke and Abigail. Friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York (2 lights south of Steeles Ave.) on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service on Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Newtonbrook Baptist Church, 53 Madawaska Ave., North York with visitation one hour prior. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. ''Absent from the body, present with the Lord''

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