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BOCHOVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-18 published
William Turner CROWE
By Danielle BOCHOVE Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - Page A24
Father, grandfather, husband and friend. Born September 16, 1911, in Toronto. Died May 24, 2003, in Toronto of pneumonia, aged If life were fair, its length would be a function of how well it was lived. For William Turner CROWE, 91 years was not nearly long enough. He embodied the claim that age is a state of mind. Family often joked that he was "just a big kid," but it was true. Throughout his life, he somehow managed to hold on to the very best qualities of childhood. A clear-eyed enthusiasm for the world, the expectation that each day would hold something to enjoy, the drive to learn anything: astronomy, history, Formula One trivia, mechanics, archeology, snooker.
I remember him commenting, as an old man, on the colour of a stone: how smooth it was, and flat, before skipping it across the water with a fluid vigour. Tobogganing one perfect Christmas Day - he was in his 80s -- he took on a giant. When the toboggan finally flipped, three-quarters of the way down, he was briefly airborne before landing in a heap of laughter and powder. Later, while the younger riders moaned over their aches, he crowed that he hadn't had so much fun in such a long time.
His life seemed to have a disproportionate amount of fun -- and yet it wasn't easy. The Depression and the Second World War were among its defining events. His mother, accepting the threat of disinheritance, had severed all ties with England by marrying a pub owner and moving to Canada. Money was tight. My grandfather remembered spending days staring through a shop window as a boy at a model train he could never afford. Perhaps that's why, as an adult, he sought out chances to fill the needs of children. Money was given to all of us for university, college and first houses.
My grandmother told me another story recently about a lunch with my grandfather just a few years ago. At a nearby table some young men were laughing and joking and he watched them with pleasure, commenting that they seemed like "such nice boys." When it came time to leave, he quietly paid for their meal and left the restaurant before they could find out. A small gesture, but typical of hundreds delivered over 91 years with a generosity of spirit unmatched by anyone except his wife.
His marriage to Edith Dorothy MARK was the most important event of his life. He would pick her up for dates on a motorcycle, much to the shock of the neighbours, but was always a gentleman. He proposed on a ski hill one frosty evening; she says she couldn't wait to get inside to see the ring. In 63 years of marriage, no one ever saw them treat each other with anything but tenderness and respect; each always put the other first.
He was born in Toronto and lived there his entire life. His elder brother Clifford married my grandmother's sister Jo and the four of them were inseparable, traveling together often after their children were grown. A "methods man," he was forced into early retirement -- a blow his family feared would kill him -- but rallied back, focusing his skills on rearranging my grandmother's kitchen for optimum efficiency, along with most of the other systems in the house. At the age of 72 he underwent a triple bypass and amazed the doctors with his determination to recover. I still remember trotting beside him on his daily walk; he could do five kilometres in under an hour. The surgery bought him almost 20 more precious years.
I can say unequivocally that he is the most extraordinary man I've ever known. To have lived 91 years, fully. Participating, giving, with an enthusiasm and crackling curiosity that defied even Alzheimer's until the end. When memory failed, he still commented on his great-granddaughter's blue eyes. In the end, William was extraordinary in the example he set of how an ordinary man can live.
Danielle BOCHOVE is William CROWE's granddaughter.

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BOCK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-06-04 published
Joan HANER (née BOCK)
After a courageous struggle with cancer on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at the age of 68.
Beloved wife of Harold for 25 years. Cherished mother of Jim STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Debbie,) Bud STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, Debbie WHALEN (Terry), Lorrie STADNISKY (Steve), Heather BOUCHARD (Eric), Shelley SAGHAFI (Abdi), Kevin STEWARD/STEWART/STUART (Liz) and Pamela BORETZ.
Loving grandmother of 27 and great grandmother of 21. Sister of Ruth STEELE (Jim,) Rosella HARRISON (Orville) and Evelyn TARABAS (Pete.) Daughter of the late Ernest and stepdaughter of Frances BOCK. Aunt to several nieces and nephews. Friends called the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Friday, May 30, 2003. The funeral service was held on Saturday May 31 with Reverend Phil MILLER officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.

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BOCK o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-08-06 published
Evelyn Iris DEVER- BOCK
In loving memory of Evelyn Iris DEVER- BOCK who passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2003 at Extendicare Falconbridge, Sudbury at the age of 93 years.
Beloved wife of Clifford DEVER (predeceased) and Melvyn BOCK (predeceased.) Loved mother of Herman and wife Nora DEVER of Sudbury, Iris and husband Norman WHISSEL of Edmonton, Dan and wife Bev DEVER of Sudbury and Norman and wife Bev DEVER of Lively. Fondly remembered by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Evelyn was an avid curler and will always be remembered for her large garden and raspberry patch in Little Current. Visitation from 11: 00 am until Funeral Service at 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 6, 2003. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

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