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COWAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-01-08 published
Margaret Velma ROWE
In loving memory of Margaret Velma ROWE at Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current on Sunday, January 5, 2003 at the age of 85 years.
Predeceased by husband Frank ROWE (WW2 Oct 27, 1944.)
Loving mother of Kenneth and Dorothy ROWE, Joan and Matt COTE. Cherished grandmother of Michael and Angela, Kim HARRIS, Lori Robert, Tim and Carol, Dave Brenda. Special great grandmother of Dylan, twins Brianna and Kierra, Brianna, Alanna, Stephen and Devin. Will be missed by sisters Mildred VAREY and Ivy COWAN and brother Cliff VAREY, predeceased by Milf and Manely. Aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was on Tuesday, January 7, 2003. Funeral Service is at 2: 00 p.m. Wednesday January 8, 2003 both at Island Funeral Home.

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COWAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-12-03 published
Clifford Charles VAREY
Tragically, north of Barrie on Monday, November 17, 2003, age 88 years.
Predeceased by his cherished wife Mina (née AELICK) on October 15, 2003. Loved by daughter Janet and husband Don IRVING of Grafton. Special grandfather of Michael and wife Doris IRVINE, Wendy and husband Jim MORRISON, Melissa IRVINE, Marsha IRVINE, all of Toronto. Will be missed by great grandchildren Bruce and Claire. Forever remembered by siblings Mildred VAREY, Ivy and husband Marvin COWAN, Milford (predeceased) and wife Kay VAREY, Margaret and Frank ROWE (both predeceased) and Manley and wife Frances VAREY (both predeceased.)
Visitation Thursday, November 27 at Island Funeral Home. Funeral service Friday, November 28, 2003 at Grace Bible Church. Pastor John VANKESTEREN officiated . Burial in Mountainview Cemetery.

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COWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-01-09 published
Sylvia Evelyn Ruth CURRY
By Jane COWAN Thursday, January 9, 2003, Page A18
Wife, volunteer, artist, mother. Born July 31, 1915, in Goderich, Ontario. Died October 3, 2002, in Toronto, from complications due to Alzheimer's disease, aged 87.
Sylvia (née SALKELD) led a life like many women of her day. She was meant to marry, have children and maintain a warm and loving home. Yet, like so many other of these women, Sylvia had a need to do this and more.
Life began simply enough on the family farm outside of Goderich, Ontario Later there was the move into town, to a place across from the library. Even then there was this insatiable desire to learn and achieve. Sylvia was using the family car by the time she was 12 and had finished high school by 16.
It was time to move on and keep growing, so she found work in London, Ontario, at London Life. When war broke out, new opportunities appeared. London Life organized a show for the troops and Sylvia, being the outgoing person she was, took on the role of emcee for the tour.
From this there was a natural progression to joining the Navy. She was stationed in Quebec City, learning to chart ships along the Atlantic seaboard, where she met another young lieutenant named Bill who was stationed in Halifax. After a week of dating, they were married; this led to the post-war move to Bill's hometown of Windsor, Ontario, where they built the family home on Lincoln Road. They had children -- two boys and a girl. Life moved quickly for them.
Once the house was set up and the children were at school, Syl was eager to go out into the community. It started with her joining the May Court Club and then the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her list of commitments grew to include the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Christian Women's Association, the Children's Aid Society, the Anglican Synod and Heritage Windsor. Sylvia helped to set up programs in support of her community. She had found her niche.
Yet all these commitments became secondary when it came time for Bill. Sylvia always filled the home with flowers from the garden and made the surroundings comfortable so that it was an inviting sanctuary for Bill after a day of work. The children would be fed and doing their homework, and the fire was lit. All would be in place for Bill's arrival. Before the two of them ever sat down to dinner, there would always be time to unwind and discuss the day by the fire, with a drink.
Sylvia also made this home the centre for many social events: May 24th fireworks and Open House on New Year's Day would always be at the Curry's home and Syl's roasts of beef would be undoubtedly be on the table.
The children eventually went off to university and Sylvia added a newfound love to her list -- painting. At 60, Sylvia went back to school and studied fine art at the University of Windsor. Her works were shown in juried exhibits at the art gallery but for the most part her home became a gallery filled with her creations. Friends would buy art off the walls.
This all came to an end one morning when Bill had a massive heart attack. There was nothing that Syl could do for him and life was not the same without him.
In time, her work on committees started to decline and her art just never held her interest. We thought that it was simply that Bill was missing but it was really Alzheimer's disease taking its hold on her. In the end, it left nothing. Her mind and body had been ravaged and the journey along the way was painful.
But even to the end there was a mischievous twinkle in her eye to say that she was still somewhere in there -- the woman, the organizer, the painter, the person who took care of our every need, and the one Bill loved so much.
Jane COWAN is Sylvia's daughter

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COWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-07 published
BERCOVITCH, Patricia (Pat) nee: COWAN
After a 2½ year unwavering, brave and courageous battle with colon cancer, Pat died peacefully with dignity at her home on July 05, 2003. Beloved wife of Morley, survived by mother-in-law Sadie CANHAM, dear sister of Mary CHARIOT (Larry,) brother Ted COWAN (Lucy,) brother Jim COWAN (Sheila,) predeceased by sister Barbara McGURK (Bob.) She will be missed by numerous loving nieces and nephews, along with their children, many aunts, uncles, cousins and caring Friends. Trained as a nurse and a teacher, she worked in many capacities in her field, then came to Wasaga Beach as the owner of the 'old' IGA, touching the hearts of many people along the way. Pat was most at home when boating on Georgian Bay. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, loving sister and a devoted wife. Thanks to Dr. James LANE for the compassionate care he gave Pat. Service at the Steeles Memorial Chapel, 390 Steeles Avenue West (between Bathurst and Yonge), Toronto, on Monday, July 07, 2003 at 11 a.m. Shiva at 65 Knox Road East, Wasaga Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Pat Bercovitch Foundation at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital would be greatly appreciated.

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COWAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-24 published
MUTRIE, Dr. Eric Tolton, M.D.
Of Guelph, died at the Guelph General Hospital, Sunday, December 21, 2003, in his 91st year. son of the late Alice MUTRIE (TOLTON) and Major Robert J. MUTRIE. Beloved husband of the late Edith Grace MUTRIE (COWAN.) Dearly loved father of Nancy (Felix) BAELE of Ottawa, the late Alice BEZANSON (Keith,) Robert (Heather) MUTRIE of Orleans, and David (Jane) MUTRIE of Thunder Bay. Loving grandfather of Ian and Amy BAELE, Kate and Sarah BEZANSON, Megan, Erin, and Laura MUTRIE, Julia and Eric A. MUTRIE. He is survived by his sister, Doreen HILLMER. After he graduated from Queen's University in 1937, Eric worked briefly for the Pineland Timber Company and later was in private practice in Elora. He served in the Royal Canadian Medical Corp for the duration of the second world war, seeing tours of duty in England, North Africa, Italy and Washington. After the war, he returned to Guelph where he was a general practitioner for forty years. Highly regarded as a compassionate, dedicated physician with a lively sense of humor, he touched many lives and will be greatly missed. The family is appreciative of the care he received from Nan WIDDOWS, R.N., nurse practitioner, and from Joanne HOLT. At his request, a private memorial service was held on December 23. Donations in his memory may be made to the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital, 115 Delhi Street, Guelph, N1E 4J4, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 70 Westmount Rd., Guelph, N1H 5H7 or to the charity of your choice.

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COWITZ o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-06 published
COWITZ, Clayton
Died peacefully on March 5, 2003. He will be greatly missed by brother Burton, sister-in-law Sybil, niece Karen and nephews John and Joshua. Donations to Casey House will be welcomed.

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COWLING o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-05 published
Marion Isabel Patricia MacLEA (née ROBERTSON)
Peacefully on February 24, 2003 at Belmont House in her 91st year. Born in Toronto on July 1, 1912. Predeceased by her devoted husband, Wid, in December 1975. Much loved mother of Pat KING (Doug,) Linda THEODOROU (Nick) and Bob MacLEA. Survived by her beloved sister Ruby COWLING. Wonderful grandmother to Andrew, Edward, Peter, Tania, Malcolm (deceased), Michael and Jenna. She led an active and full life. There were annual trips to Greece and several to the Far East, England and New York to be with her family. She grew up in Riverdale and moved to the Beach as a young adult where she met Wid. A long time member of Kew Beach United Church Women's Group, lawn bowler at Balmy Beach and active social and community member. After a stroke in 1995 she was slowed down. She was alert and contented until a week before her death. Many thanks to the wonderful staff, volunteers and Friends at Belmont House. Friends will be received at Kew Beach United Church (Wineva and Queen Street) on Thursday, March 6, 2003 from 1: 00 p.m. until service time at 2: 00 p.m. A reception will be held in the church parlour following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Belmont House, 55 Belmont Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1R1, or a charity of choice. Arrangements in the care of Sherrin Funeral Home (416-698-2861).

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