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CHOCIEJ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-22 published
CHOCIEJ, Malgorzata (Margaret)
Margaret was born in Krakow, Poland in 1956. There she met her husband Jacek when they were both students. In 1990, together with their two children, they emigrated to Canada. Margaret obtained a law degree in Poland and applied this training to a related career with Singer Kwinter. Margaret passed away on May 20, 2003 at Princess Margaret Hospital. She leaves behind her loving children Greg and Zuzanna, mother Stanislawa ZWOLINSKA, sisters Anna SKALSKA and Wisia HUBERT, brothers-in-law Sidney FIREMAN and Tadek HUBERT, niece and nephew Anna and Tom HUBERT and dear friend David HEGGIE. She is predeceased by her husband Jacek who died in 1998. Margaret loved life. In her 47 years she did so much and there was so much she wanted to do and experience. Her favourite pastime was singing. She was an ardent reader and enjoyed debating. She was a supportive and loving mother. She brought smiles on rainy days and was never far away from a friend in need. Margaret will always be missed by the many people who loved her. Visitation will be at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Thursday, May 22, 5-8 p.m. with Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. Casimir's Church, 156 Roncesvalles Avenue, Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Foundation (416-946-6560) or Wellspring (416-961-1928) would be appreciated.

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CHOMIAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-16 published
Former National Hockey Leaguer MAGNUSON killed, RAMAGE injured in car crash
By Erin CONWAY- SMITH, Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - Page S1
Former National Hockey League defenceman Keith MAGNUSON was killed in a three-car collision yesterday when he was a passenger in a car driven by former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob RAMAGE.
RAMAGE was injured in the car crash north of Toronto.
MAGNUSON played 11 years with the Chicago Black Hawks.
York Regional Police said RAMAGE was driving a blue Intrepid that was involved in the accident, caused when one of the vehicles apparently went out of control.
RAMAGE was in an Etobicoke, Ontario, hospital last night, being treated for a broken femur, police said.
The accident, which occurred in Vaughan, happened about 5 p.m., but rescue workers were unable to remove the body until after 10 p.m. Police didn't believe weather was a factor in the accident.
Sergeant Igor CHOMIAK said late last night that an investigation is under way.
A third person, a woman, was being treated for non-life threatening injuries last night.
It was reported that RAMAGE was travelling back to Toronto from Bolton, northwest of the city, after attending the funeral of former National Hockey League player Keith McCREARY, who died last week after a battle with cancer. McCREARY was the chair of the National Hockey League Alumni Association and RAMAGE is the vice-chair.
RAMAGE is a frequent guest commentator on FanSports KFNS, a St. Louis radio station. Last night, the station had posted a notice on an internal bulletin board informing staff about RAMAGE's accident.
RAMAGE, 44, played 1,044 games in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1994. He served as Maple Leaf captain from 1989 to 1991.
MAGNUSON was born on April 27, 1947, in Wadena, Saskatchewan. He played college hockey at Denver University, where he helped the Pioneers to the N.C.A.A. championship in 1968 and 1969. He was a mainstay on defence for the Blackhawks from 1969 to 1979.

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CHOMYCZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
COLQUHOUN, Stephen Murray
It is with great sadness that we announce that Stephen Murray COLQUHOUN died suddenly on Wednesday, June 18th, 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Steve will be sorely missed and always cherished by his wife Maria (née SALATINO,) sons Stevie and Jamie, his sisters Liz (Mike EVANS), Marg (Brian WEBSTER), Mary Louise (Paul RADDEN,) and brother Bob (Judy COLQUHOUN.) He died too young. First and foremost in Stevie's life was always Maria and his boys. He will also be missed by his in-laws Maria and Giacomo SALATINO, his wife's sisters Rosa (Cheslan CHOMYCZ,) Anna (Chris KELOS), Gina (Dan CHAMPAGNE), Aunt and Uncle Jim and Cappy COLQUHOUN. A funeral was held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 23, 2003. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a trust fund for his children, c/o any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia, account #006870000485 would be greatly appreciated.

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CHOQUETTE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-11 published
An old-fashioned newsman
Distinguished journalist began humbly as a copy boy at the Hamilton Spectator and soared to the top of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
By James McCREADY, Special to The Globe and Mail Thursday, December 11, 2003 - Page R11
During the October Crisis of 1970, there were a lot of editors who buckled under. They followed the orders of the police and the Quebec and federal governments about not printing or broadcasting some details about the kidnapping of British Trade Commissioner James CROSS and the kidnapping and murder of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre LAPORTE.
Many editors and broadcast executives took to self-censorship, anticipating what the authorities wanted and keeping newscasts and newspapers clean. Denis HARVEY, who has died at age of 74, was not one of them.
Then editor of The Gazette of Montreal, the man he faced down was Jerome CHOQUETTE, Quebec's justice minister and the public face of authority during much of the crisis. CHOQUETTE did not want newspapers to publish the full manifesto of the Front de libération du Québec. Denis HARVEY ignored the request and published it.
The paper also broke the news that police had a photograph of James CROSS sitting on what looked like a box of dynamite. The justice minister warned The Gazette editor he could be arrested under the terms of the War Measures Act, but Mr. HARVEY called his bluff.
During the crisis, Mr. HARVEY didn't change his habits. When the paper was put to bed, he would walk to the Montreal Men's Press Club in the Mount Royal Hotel carrying the bulldog or first edition of the paper and sit at the bar and argue statistics with the sports editor, Brodie SCHNIEDER/SNIDER/SNYDER.
There would also be political discussions, some of them heated, since the man who wrote the stamp column at the paper had been called up from the reserves in the military and took himself, and the War Measures Act, quite seriously.
Mr. HARVEY was an old-fashioned newsman, a high-school dropout who rose to edit newspapers and who went on to run the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television news service and then the entire Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television network.
Denis Martin HARVEY was born on August 15, 1929, in Hamilton, where his father was a customs inspector. He left school halfway through Grade 13 and landed a job as a copy boy at The Hamilton Spectator. This was not uncommon and was the traditional route for a young person coming into the newspaper business. Journalism schools were all but unknown and university-educated reporters and editors were rare.
He went from copy boy, ripping the wire copy off the machines, to listening in for police tips on radio scanners. He became a sports writer and in 1952 quit the paper and went to travel in Europe for six months. He came back to the Spectator as a general reporter the next year.
He did everything, from labour columnist to business writer. At 26, he was city editor of the Spectator and then news editor. In 1961, he was executive editor and held that job for five years.
In 1966, he moved to The Canadian Magazine, a joint venture with the Toronto Star. It meant leaving Hamilton after 21 years, but it was the first step to the most important job in his career editor of The Gazette, which he took over in 1969, the year he turned 40.
Mr. HARVEY was tough. He scared people with a gruff demeanour, which at times seemed like something out of The Front Page. When he arrived at The Gazette, it was losing the newspaper war with rival Montreal Star. Many editors had cozy sinecures. Almost right away, Mr. HARVEY fired the head of every department but one. When one editor came into his office and said he had found another job and was giving two weeks' notice. HARVEY shot back: "Two hours' notice." The man was gone in less.
However, he inspired loyalty in his staff of reporters and editors.
"He could be tough but he stood up for his staff. And he was completely honest and honourable. A stand-up guy," said Brian STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, who covered city hall at The Gazette and was later hired by Mr. HARVEY at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "You always wanted to impress him."
One night at Martin's, a bar next door to The Gazette, there were complaints about a sports picture in the paper. The photographer said to Mr. HARVEY: " I'd like to see you do better."
Next night he was at the Forum for a Canadiens game. Along with two regular photographers, he took pictures which, unsigned, went back to the office for selection. His picture made the paper.
It was a combination of hot news stories and the ability to turn around a failing newspaper that made his reputation at The Gazette. The police strike in 1969, the October Crisis, riots and labour battles made the period one of the most exciting in the paper's history.
Having secured his reputation as an editor, Mr. HARVEY was lured away to television in 1973 to become chief news editor at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television News in Toronto. His colleagues told him he was crazy.
"My newspaper Friends said: 'How can you make the transition?' Mr. HARVEY said years later. "But I'm surprised more people don't. I believe in changing jobs."
Although he didn't know anything about television, he told people: "I do know pictures." He went to CBS in New York for a crash course in television news.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-Television News was as much of a mess as The Gazette had been. There had been a series of editors who hadn't managed to get a handle on the place. Mr. HARVEY took quick action and made it more professional, spending less time on bureaucracy and more time on the main newscast.
One night, an old-time producer was called into his office and the new chief news editor asked him why he hadn't gone with a fresh lead story. The producer replied he couldn't order anyone to do that -- that was the lineup editor's job. Mr. HARVEY disagreed and said: "Put on your coat and go home." The man kept his job, but worked on the desk and not as a producer.
During his short reign at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, he brought in fresh faces and got television reporters to think about breaking stories instead of following newspaper headlines. Audience levels rose and so did Mr. HARVEY, moving up the ladder at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. But the promise of a big paycheque lured him to a three-year stint at The Toronto Star starting in 1978.
There, he was first in charge of the editorial page and then became editor in chief and vice-president. He left the Star in 1981 and was replaced by George RADWANSKI, the future federal privacy commissioner, who had worked for him at The Gazette. Mr. HARVEY returned to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, taking over sports for the English network. By 1983, he was vice-president of the entire English network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
He held that job for seven years. He used to say his favourite part of the job was the power to do programming. He changed the face of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and it has stayed that way. Mr. HARVEY took the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation all Canadian -- it took several years but he stopped running American program in prime time.
"We have handed over this most powerful medium to a foreign country," he told a broadcasting conference in 1990. "Nowhere else in the world had one country imported the total television of another country."
Along with Canadian content, one of his lasting creations was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's news and current-affairs specialty channel Newsworld. He left the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1991 and worked off and on as a broadcast consultant. He spent a lot of time travelling and took up some rather un-tough-guy hobbies, such as bird-watching and going to the ballet.
Mr. HARVEY, who died after a brief struggle with cancer, leaves his wife Louise LORE, and Lynn and Brian, his two children from an earlier marriage.

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CHORLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-26 published
Doreen Ruth ISHERWOOD
By Colleen ISHERWOOD, Friday, December 26, 2003 - Page A32
Mother, sister, grandmother, poet, ceramist, traveller, dog lover. Born December 3, 1925, in Hamilton, Ontario. Died March 2 in Hamilton, of lung cancer, aged 77.
Doreen Ruth HILL was born the youngest of the three HILL sisters: Fern, Joyce and Doreen. She grew up in Hamilton, finished school and went to work at Westinghouse, where she met a young man named Maurice ISHERWOOD. Doreen and Maurice fell in love -- but the war intervened. Maurice went off to join the navy, and Doreen worked for the Red Cross. But they wanted to get married, and on October 21, 1944, they did just that.
Their wedding was crammed into a four-day period when Maurice was on leave from the war. And Doreen didn't get much warning! In fact, she had to borrow a wedding dress from a friend, in a hurry. Honeymoon? Well, that was a quick weekend in Montreal. The marriage didn't get off to a great start -- but it was a good marriage. It lasted for almost 59 years.
Do and Mo, as they became known, had three sons: Frank in 1948, Steve in 1952 and Mark in 1958. When I first started dating their son Steve in the 1970s, I must admit I found Doreen rather outspoken. She told us exactly what she thought, no holds barred -- how rusty our car was, how Steve's student digs had wall-to-wall dog hair, how threadbare Steve's cords were, and how university-educated kids like Steve and I were totally lacking in ordinary common sense! I won't comment on how accurate her comments were, but I will say this: Doreen only spoke her mind to the people she liked.
In the 1970s, Do and Mo had a fabulous social life, with Friends that partied and vacationed together all the time. They took cruises to exotic locations like Mexico, the Caribbean and Alaska one of their most memorable trips was to Hawaii in 1975. As the ISHERWOOD women looked through old photo albums to find photos for a collage to display at the funeral, we came across pictures of Doreen and her buddies in hula wear, modelling baby-doll pajamas, and posing with some very young, good-looking men who were not Mo or any of the other husbands! Back home, their gang had Englebert Humperdinck parties, bon-voyage parties, welcome-back parties, nifty-fifty parties -- any excuse would do. And for each occasion, Doreen would write a funny poem.
My kids always called Doreen "Freezie Grandma." That was because she would serve Mr. Freeze pops when we came to visit. Even years later, when the kids had outgrown Mr. Freeze pops, the name still stuck. Doreen and her granddaughters did ceramics together -- making garden elves, beer steins, ducks, angels, and more. Doreen also loved holding garage sales. She had one warning for her "saling" buddies. She'd say, "When I'm gone, don't you dare sell my good china for 10 cents a plate at some bloody garage sale!"
The last few years were tough ones for Doreen, as she struggled with cancer and other ailments. But throughout those years, she demonstrated that she was a strong and determined woman. When her eldest grand-daughter, Tara-Lyn, announced her engagement to Christopher CHORLEY in early 2001, Tara and Doreen set about making 150 ceramic candle holders -- one for each guest at the wedding. Doreen was already struggling with health problems at that time, and it seemed highly unlikely that she would ever last the year-and-a-half until the wedding.
But not only did she last, she also looked absolutely fantastic as she saw her oldest grandchild married in June, 2002. And for those who attended the wedding, the little candle-holders provide not only a memory of Tara-Lyn and Chris's celebration, but also of the special grandmother who helped make them.
Colleen is Doreen's daughter-in-law.

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CHORNEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-11 published
GELBER, Sylva Malka, OC, LL.D.
93 years old, Sylva Malka GELBER, whose years of activism in pre-Israel Palestine eventually propelled her to be the first director of the Canadian Department of Labour's Women's Bureau, died on December 9th, 2003, of complications from a stroke. She was 93 and lived in Ottawa.
During the heady years of pioneering in gains for women's rights and Medicare in Canada during the 1960s and 70s, she travelled the country, never shrill and always reasoned in her campaign for equality for women in the country's labour force. She took this pragmatic approach to the United Nations where she represented Canada on the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women between 1970 - 74.
A social and industrial activist at heart, she never lost her zest for a good argument on those issues which had been part of her adult life since she left her comfortable Toronto home in the early 1930s for the turmoil of Jerusalem and Palestine. There she became the first graduate of the Va'ad Leumi School of Social Work - now the Faculty of Social Work of the Hebrew University - and took on jobs incongruous with her upbringing which had included schooling at Havergal College, a private girl's school.
She worked in Palestine during the Mandate as a family counsellor, a probation officer and medical social worker at Hadassah Hospital, and then with the Palestine Department of Labour from 1942 - 48 when she returned to Canada. The adventuresome 15 years Sylva GELBER lived in the turmoil of Palestine are chronicled with affection, awe and frankness in ''No Balm in Gilead: A Personal Retrospective of Mandate Days in Palestine'' published in 1989. By the time she moved back to Canada, she could switch effortlessly among Hebrew and Arabic and English which impressed no one in bureaucratic Ottawa, but did startle the Capital's stuffy side, she often noted mischievously.
Her deep red lipstick and nail polish when paired with her fast sports cars belied the image of the traditional Ottawa civil servant she could never be, despite distinguished and proud accomplishments in promoting federal health insurance and Medicare until they became the law of the land.
Along the way, she accepted many appointments to serve Canada at International Labour Organization conferences, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations General Assembly. She was a member of the Order of Canada and was awarded honorary degrees from several universities including Queen's, Memorial, Trent, Guelph and Mount St. Vincent.
Sylva Malka GELBER was born in 1910 in Toronto to Sara (MORRIS) and Louis GELBER. Her father, a survivor of pogroms in Eastern Europe, was determined that her four brothers, all of whom attended Upper Canada College, and she, all receive worldly educations beyond their specific Jewish community. She always admired her father for this farsightedness in encouraging his children to become part of a broader society.
At the University of Toronto, she produced plays. She sang spirituals on a Toronto radio station, but her parents would have none of a show business career. She was packed off to Columbia University in New York; but even that did not satisfy her rambunctious spirit and soon she was on her way to distant Palestine.
Never domesticated as women of her day usually were, she paid little attention to her kitchen pantry when she finally settled in Ottawa; but always gregarious, she loved to entertain around the piano which she played by ear and with great gusto. Her library of records and Compact Disks, was always in use as music filled her life; and she has endowed an important annual prize through The Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, which is granted to an outstanding young Canadian musician at the early stage of his or her career.
In retirement, she energetically participated in the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the Wednesday Luncheon Club of former cabinet ministers and civil servants, such as her neighbour, Jack PICKERSGILL, who thrashed over current political issues.
Sylva GELBER was predeceased by her four brothers, Lionel, Marvin, Arthur and Shalome Michael. She is survived by her four nieces and their husbands, Nance GELBER and Dan BJARNASON, Patty and David RUBIN, Judith GELBER and Dan PRESLEY, and Sara and Richard CHARNEY, all of Toronto; her sister-in-law, Marianne GELBER of New York; four great nephews and a great niece, Gerald and Noah RUBIN, and Adam, Andrew and Laura CHARNEY; as well as cousins Ruth JEWEL and David EISEN; David ALEXANDOR, and Ruth GELBER all of Toronto; and Ivan CHORNEY and Betsy RIGAL, both of Ottawa. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (1 light west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 12: 00 noon. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park.

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CHOWN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-24 published
Norman Harold McCLELLAND
By Robert McCLELLAND Friday, January 24, 2003, Page A20
Hockey player, business entrepreneur, family man. Born June 21, 1913, in Toronto. Died January 2 in Toronto, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, aged 89.
It's fitting that Norman McCLELLAND was born on June 21, the summer solstice, as he lived every day as though it were the longest of the year. Norman spent his childhood in Cache Bay, Ontario, a tiny lumber village on Lake Nipissing. Norman was proud of his small-town roots. It was there he developed his respect for the outdoors and his simple, honest outlook toward life.
Norman taught himself how to play hockey. He would wake up early in the morning, scurry down to Lake Nipissing with his second-hand skates and stick and clear the ice himself with a shovel. In Grade 9, Norman left his close-knit family in Cache Bay to attend high school in Toronto and eventually play Junior A hockey. He met his lifelong partner, Margaret CHOWN, soon after his arrival. Last November, they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
From 1933-1937, Norman studied science and education at the University of Toronto. He also played for the Varsity Blues hockey team and was the squad's captain in 1935-36. Norman managed to pull in good grades while playing in a semi-pro league to pay for his tuition and coach the women's hockey team. Not a big man, (he was 5 foot 6 and, at his heaviest, 155 pounds) Norman was known for his speed -- he once beat Montreal Canadiens star scorer Toe BLAKE in a race for $5. During a tournament, scouts from the Boston Bruins approached Norman's long-term friend and coach, Ace BAILEY, asking him if his protégé wanted to turn professional. Norman never pursued the offer as salaries back then were only a small fraction of what they are today.
For a while after university, Norman taught high-school math and physics. When the Second World War came, Norman joined the navy. Margaret, by then his wife, often joked that he only enlisted so he could play on the naval hockey team, which boasted several National Hockey League players on its roster. Yet Norman took his work seriously. He spent three years in a special branch of the navy, opting to stay on after the war to help returning soldiers find civilian jobs or attend school.
When he left the navy, Norman worked for a while with Imperial Optical where he sold waste receptacles. Metal for the containers was scarce following the war and Norman soon took advantage of this niche in the market. With no engineering experience, he started his own company, Erno Manufacturing, making metal household and business products. With his strong work ethic and straightforward and friendly business demeanor, Erno burgeoned from the back of a garage to a building the size of a city block.
During this time, Norman also helped Margaret raise three boys. He coached baseball and hockey from peewee to major-junior teams. Among his charges were four-time Stanley Cup winner Peter MAHOVLICH and Mike KILKENNY, who went on to pitch for the Detroit Tigers.
In 1968, Norman bought Margaret the birthday present of her dreams: a cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. After he retired, Norman and Margaret spent up to six months of the year there, revelling in the lifestyle: canoeing at dusk and fishing at dawn. Norman also took up watercolour painting and golf -- at 75, he shot his age at a nearby 18-hole course.
Norman spent his last decade suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. The disease stole Norman from the world, but his spirit will never be forgotten. Within 10 minutes of meeting someone he became a trusted and, often, a lifelong friend. He played the piano, read extensively and enjoyed political debates with his family over dinner and Margaret's apple pie. He loved life, and no disease could take that memory of him away.
Robert McCLELLAND is Norman's son.

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CHOY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-01 published
WEIR, E. Marie
Born July 26, 1923. Died March 27, 2003 at Richmond Hospital. Born in Banff, Marie grew up in Calgary. A graduate of the University of Alberta, she became a professional secretary working in many locations including New York, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver. In Vancouver, Marie worked with The Arthritis Society and later with Dr. Barry KOSHLER in Richmond. Throughout her long productive life and despite her final illness she was always sunny, witty, a great raconteur and a joy to be with. Marie is survived by many loving cousins, Dr. Alex ROBINSON, Dr. Harold and Jean ROBINSON, Peggy and Hubert MILLARD and families. She will be missed by her friend and colleague Marylin CHOY. A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 4 p.m. at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver, Rev. G. PATERSON officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in her memory, to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation.

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