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SPEARING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
DE MORAES, Antonio Augusto ''Tom'' -- After a brief illness at his home on Monday, November 11, 2002, at the age of 72. Loving husband of Susan. Dear father of James, Jacqueline and Geoffrey and step-father of Geoffrey, Patrick and Ian SPEARING. Grandpa of Zoe, Elijah, Kijana, Kieran, Michelle and Darren. son of Virginia DE MORAES. Brother of Maria Leonor DA SILVA. Tom was a long time contributor within the Toronto jazz community. He will be sorely missed by his family and many Friends. Funeral Service will be held at Bedford Park United Church, 100 Ranleigh Ave., on Thursday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment to follow at Sanctuary Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the G.H. Hogle Funeral Homes Ltd. 416-251-7531.

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SPEARS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-20 published
DOWNEY, G. Ray -- Peacefully at his home in Baldwin on Monday, November 18, 2002 at the age of 87 years. Ray DOWNEY, beloved husband of Johnina. Loving father of Virginia GOSSLING and her husband Rick of Toronto and Linda ARNOTT of Newmarket. Grandfather of Kathy SPEARS and her husband Paul, Peggy PEAKE and her husband Ian, John GOSSLING and his wife Nancy and great-grandfather of Kyle and Turner SPEARS, Paige and Madison PEAKE, Tayte and Flynne GOSSLING. Dear brother of Allan and his wife Florence, Frank and his wife Bea. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews and Friends. A Service celebrating the life of Ray will be held in the chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home, 20846 Dalton Road, Sutton, Wednesday, November 27 at 1: 30 p.m. Donations to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 659 (Pegasus) Squadron or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

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SPECKEEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-23 published
SPECKEEN, E. Lorraine (Lorry) -- It is with sadness that the family announces their dear wife and mother, Lorry SPECKEEN, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was surrounded by her devoted and loving husband Don, her daughter Pam and her son Rick. She is survived by her loving sister Diane. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Fenelon Court who took special care of Lorry. The family will receive Friends at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Monday, November 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to follow on Tuesday, November 26 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough (183 Simcoe Street, Peterborough Ontario K9H 2H6) would be greatly appreciated by the family. Rest peacefully Mom - our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

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SPEDALIERE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-18 published
SPEDALIERE, Luigi -- Passed away peacefully at Villa Columbo on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at the age of 93 years. Luigi was the beloved husband of the late Anna. Loved father of Maria GRECO, Dora PAULOZZA and her husband Jack, Lina NOSELLA and her husband Bruno, Vincent and his wife Karon, and Jack and his wife Deborah. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danny GRECO, and Antonietta LAVINIO; Laura RAGNO, Costanzzo PAULOZZA, Luigi PAULOZZA, and Anna DI CIAULO; David NOSELLA, and Sonia BRADSHAW Annamaria FIORINI, Louie A. SPEDALIERE, and Domenic V. SPEDALIERE Mark SPEDALIERE, Danilla LARICE, and Vanessa SPEDALIERE. Luigi is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to call at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W., on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass from St. Nicholas of Bari Roman Catholic Church, 1277 St. Clair Ave W. on Tuesday at 11: 00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery.

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SPENCE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
SPENCE, Sarah Jane (Sadie) -- Passed away peacefully at Shepherd Village on November 8, 2002 at the age of 89. Predeceased by beloved husband Hugh and two sisters. Loving mother of daughter Bertha and her husband Bob (BRINTNELL,) and son Douglas and his wife Brenda, and loved by four grandchildren Jeff, Doug, Hugh and Wendy. Dear great grandmother of Kate, Alex and Jennifer. A private family funeral has been held.

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SPENCE 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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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-28 published
Filmmaker produced animal magic
Canadian wildlife photographer set new standards for nature films kept beavers in his home
By Bill GLADSTONE Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, November 28, 2002 Page R13
Bill CARRICK, a Toronto-area naturalist and wildlife photographer who coaxed beavers, ducks, fish, geese, polar bears and other animals into acting naturally in front of the camera, has died after an accidental fall on the rural property he rented in suburban Toronto. He was 81 years old.
An award-winning nature cinematographer whose short National Film Board of Canada production World in a Marsh (1956) set standards for nature films and was televised around the world, Mr. CARRICK became known as a skilled animal wrangler who could tame, train and otherwise prepare a wide range of species for work in film and television.
To many, the slight, unassuming naturalist seemed more at home around animals than with people; he literally made them part of his family. He proved a doting parent to generations of geese who followed him around as though he was their father, and at various times took polar bear cubs, beavers and other animals into his home.
He was the first to discover that geese that had lost the migratory instinct could be trained to fly south in autumn alongside an ultralight aircraft, a phenomenon that inspired the popular 1995 movie Fly Away Home.
Limber and energetic even as an octogenarian, he had been planning to retire to write his memoirs. He was dismantling a film set in his big barn-sized studio when he fell from a lighting grid on Oct. 2. He died five days later.
Author Farley MOWAT, who met him through a birdwatching club in the late 1940s, still expresses regret that a lack of funding prevented him from joining the tundra adventure that was the basis of his celebrated book, People of the Deer.
"I thought then, and I think now, that he was one of the most significant people in the business of wildlife photography, and continued to be throughout his life," Mr. MOWAT said.
Born in Toronto in 1920, Mr. CARRICK grew up near the city's Monarch Park, where he went birdwatching; he also belonged to a camera club. He attended Northern Vocational School, trained as a machinist as his father had done, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at 19.
Stationed in Newfoundland, he was part of a party sent to salvage a wrecked plane in Labrador. Marooned for nine days because of high seas, they survived on a diet of jack rabbits. While in the air force he trained as a pilot but never got to fly, and designed a bomb hoist for aircraft that remained in long use.
Resuming civilian life, he studied biology at the University of Toronto for a year, then took a job as a photographer for Ducks Unlimited in Manitoba. In 1949, he filmed the pheasant hunt on Ontario's Pelee Island for a television show. Its huge success prompted its sponsor, Carling Breweries, to commission him to make more films on sporting subjects.
Other prize assignments followed, including several waterfowl documentaries for Ducks Unlimited and a series on the Birds of Canada for the National Film Board of Canada. White Wilderness,a prestigious Disney production shot on northern Hudson Bay, brought him into close contact with polar bears, walruses, ringed seals and narwhals.
"His main strength was that he was very innovative and he used the camera extremely well," said Michael SPENCER, a retired National Film Board of Canada producer. "His extraordinary patience was one of the most amazing things about him. He would sit for hours in a blind . . . waiting for a bird to return to its nest. You can't direct that kind of action, you have to wait for it to happen."
For World in a Marsh, he built an underwater housing for the camera and used the wheels and handle of an old gramophone to roll it along a track from a boat to the water. Sound engineers ventured into the marsh on rafts to record bird songs and other noises, which was then considered a pioneering technique.
Although Mr. CARRICK always strove for authenticity on the screen, he once took part in an elaborate fakery that depicted lemmings committing mass suicide, a fiction that was at one time passed off as a natural spectacle.
Since the production was based in southern Alberta, far from the lemming's Arctic habitat, the team had only a few dozen of the furry rodents at their disposal. To magnify the numbers, the crew filmed the animals pouring forth in profusion as they ran along a large circular track; then showed them disappearing beyond a sharp rise to create the illusion that they were rushing over a cliff. For a parting shot, the handlers dumped some dead lemmings into the water and showed them bobbing pathetically below a cliff, apparently drifting out to sea. The deception worked brilliantly.
"It was all fiction," Mr. CARRICK told friend Oliver BERTIN in "Everyone always believed he engineered that scene. It was one of those myths that becomes perpetuated," said Mr. BERTIN, who is a Globe and Mail reporter. "Bill was there during filming, and probably had a part in it, but he became more uncomfortable about it as the years went by."
In the early 1970s, he and his wife brought a bevy of young beavers into their home for a proposed movie about the legendary Canadian outdoorsman Grey Owl. Not surprisingly, their toothy house guests chewed the kitchen woodwork to bits. From then on, he always kept a supply of Canada's favourite mascot on hand: His beaver shows were in great demand, especially on Canada Day. When Grey Owl was made in 1998, he supplied the baby beavers that appeared in scenes with actor Pierce BROSNAN.
He had equally cordial relations with geese. Knowing that newly hatched goslings form a bond of dependency with the first living creature they encounter, he imprinted generations of geese upon himself. Then he rigged up a wind tunnel so that geese could be photographed in apparent soaring flight from only inches away.
After the birds had become acclimatized to engine noise, he trained them to fly behind his speedboat on Ontario's Lake Scugog, which, in turn, led to the realization that they could be trained to fly with an ultralight aircraft. Bill LISHMAN, an Ontario environmentalist and ultralight pilot, later escorted several gaggles from Canada to wintering grounds in the southern United States, as highlighted in Fly Away Home. Mr. CARRICK, who also flew an ultralight, supplied the geese and was an integral consultant during the film's production.
Over the past decade he had attempted to apply the same induced-migration technique to trumpeter swans, but the province effectively clipped his wings by cancelling his permit to keep waterfowl on his property. He soon regained the permit and continued to work on efforts to restore the the sandhill crane and the trumpeter swan into areas of their former habitat in Southern Ontario.
From 1963 to 1972, he designed and managed the Cortwright Waterfowl Park in Guelph, Ont., and later helped organize the African compounds of the Metro Toronto Zoo. He also worked on several Imax productions and provided footage for shows such as the Audubon Wildlife Theatre and Lorne Greene's New Wilderness. His cinematic awards include a 1960 American Film Festival Blue Ribbon Award for World in a Marsh.
He was married in 1954 to Mary HEARST, a biologist who worked closely with him. They separated 20 years ago, but she resumed helping him with his animals about six years ago. He also leaves son James, daughter Jean Jess and sisters Bernice and Beverley.
William Henesey CARRICK, naturalist and wildlife photographer born Nov. 14, 1920, in Toronto; died Oct. 7, 2002, Toronto.

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-23 published
SPENCER, Catherine (née HALDANE) -- Peacefully after a battle with cancer at Southlake Regional Health Centre on Sunday, December 22, 2002, at the age of 74. Beloved wife of the late Howard. Loving mother of Catherine and her husband Paul COWLEY of Aurora, Howard and his wife Frances of Holland Landing, and Laura and her husband Dave SNELL of Wasaga. Devoted Nana of Allana, Andrea, Joanna, Megan, Sean, Lisa and Ryan. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home, 29 Victoria Street, Aurora, 905-727-5421, on Monday, December 23 from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Chapel. A special thank you to Dr. WOJCICKI and the staff in 4West and 1West at Southlake. In Catherine's memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-27 published
LAPA, Marilyn -- ''And we stood and we watched her as she went on, and the gate closed after her. And we said, We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a 'living presence''' (Temple Bailey). As a daughter, as a wife, as a mother, as a woman she means the world... as an angel she will be immaculate. While we celebrate her life, it is with deep sorrow that the family of Marilyn LAPA (née BILENDUKE) announce her sudden death on Monday, December 23rd, 2002. Beloved wife of Matthew LAPA. Cherished mother of Christopher LAPA and his wife Sheri; Loretta TRAYNOR and her husband Christopher and Mitchell LAPA. Dear Baba of Bradley and Samuel TRAYNOR. She will also be sadly missed by sisters Lillian COOPER, Rose PLANETA, Sylvia SPENCER and Dorise BILENDUKE and brothers John BILENDUKE and Peter BILENDUKE. Friends may call at Oshawa Funeral Service ''Thornton Chapel'', 847 King St. West (905-721-1234) for visitation on Friday, December 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 7: 30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Church of St. Gregory The Great (194 Simcoe St. N.) on Saturday, December 28th at 10: 30 a.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. ''Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror''. (Khalil Gibran, The Prophet).

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SPENCER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-28 published
SWACKHAMER, Grenville ''Gren'' -- (Retired 46 year employee Gummed Papers, Brampton) Peacefully with his family at his side at Peel Manor, Brampton on Monday, December 23, 2002 in his 84th year. Beloved husband for 59 years of Muriel. Dear father of Lynn and her husband Hank SPENCER, Gail and her husband Les LEVAY, and Nancy JACOBS. Dear brother of Gerry and his wife Marie. Proud and loving grandfather to Kelly, Greg, Jennifer, Sarah, Gabriel and Daniel, and great-grandfather of Kennedy and Connor. Sadly missed by sister-in-law Marg and her husband Lloyd MALTBY. A private family service was held on Friday, December 27 from the Ward Funeral Home, Brampton, followed by interment in Brampton Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff of Peel Manor for their loving care and dedication over the last 6 years. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be deeply appreciated.

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